Plim­mer­ton pizza busi­ness on the rise

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

It may not be Italy, but on an industrial street in Plim­mer­ton gourmet piz­zas are be­ing cre­ated.

58 Base was set up seven years ago by own­ers Kaz Bak­erCousins and Katrina Hen­der­son as a healthy and quick an­swer to hun­gry chil­dren.

‘‘We were try­ing to find some­thing that was good for [our chil­dren] with­out preser­va­tives and ad­di­tives and it sort of took off,’’ Baker-Cousins said.

What be­gan as a ar­ti­san bread busi­ness at the Moore Wil­son’s mar­ket, turned into a pizza spe­cial­ity com­pany that cre­ates bases, sauces and ready-topped piz­zas.

‘‘Life is chang­ing and ev­ery- body wants an easy meal that is still good for them.’’

58 Base was named af­ter High­way 58, near where the orig­i­nal kitchen was lo­cated in a shed just out­side Hen­der­son’s house.

Un­til re­cently, the busi­ness was fo­cused on re­tail – sell­ing its prod­ucts at Moore Wil­sons, some New Worlds and other spe­cial­ity stores.

How­ever, a push to sell more to pubs and restau­rants meant it had its de­but as part of the Visa Welling­ton On a Plate Sup­plier Show­case last month.

With seven part-time staff, 700 piz­zas are made three days a week, with Wed­nes­day be­ing a des­ig­nated top­ping day.

The piz­zas are made with a si­cil­ian method, mean­ing they are left to rise three times, not once, and use olive oil in the stretch­ing process in­stead of flour.

Though Baker-Cousins said there were no im­me­di­ate plans to add more prod­ucts to their reper­toire, it was some­thing the food­ies wanted to do.

‘‘I want to see [58 Base] go as big as we can make it,’’ she said.

58 Base has two pre-topped bases in its prod­uct list – Margherita, with moz­zarella, parme­san cheese and wild oregano, and Calabrese, with moz­zarella, parme­san cheese, Ital­ian spicy calabrese salami and wild oregano.

58 Base makes its prod­ucts in its kitchen in Ul­ric St. For in­for­ma­tion on prod­ucts, go to 58.co.nz.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

Tasty treats: 58 Base owner Kaz Baker-Cousins with a se­lec­tion of her pizza

prod­ucts.

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