Speirs in Mar­ton wins award

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‘Our vi­sion is to cre­ate fresh food to make peo­ple’s lives health­ier and eas­ier and this is just the be­gin­ning of our jour­ney — watch this space for in­no­va­tion.’ more — Ross Kane, Speirs Foods manag­ing di­rec­tor

Mar­ton com­pany Speirs Foods took out the Massey Univer­sity Supreme award at this year’s New Zealand Food Awards with their Whole Mix veg­etable noo­dle range.

The Whole Mix Co. Lim­ited also won the Massey Univer­sity Health and Well­be­ing award and the James & Wells Busi­ness In­no­va­tion award for its noo­dle range that in­cludes zuc­chini, but­ter­nut, med­ley (beet­root, car­rot, zuc­chini) and ku¯ mara.

Judges said the prod­ucts are a tasty and nu­tri­tious al­ter­na­tive to pasta, can be used in stir-fries and sal­ads, or eaten straight from the packet. The prod­uct’s grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity re­flected some of the chang­ing tastes of New Zealand con­sumers.

Speirs Foods is the par­ent com­pany of The Whole Mix Co. Lim­ited and manag­ing di­rec­tor Ross Kane says win­ning the awards is recog­ni­tion of the way the com­pany has evolved and im­proved over the past 18 months.

“We got the team rein­vig­o­rated, got the right cul­ture within the busi­ness and set a goal of be­ing more in­no­va­tive and pro­duc­ing what peo­ple re­ally wanted in the mar­ket place, and I think it’s just a cel­e­bra­tion of that jour­ney over the past 12 to 18 months. Our vi­sion is to cre­ate fresh food to make peo­ple’s lives health­ier and eas­ier and this is just the be­gin­ning of our jour­ney — watch this space for more in­no­va­tion.”

The team of judges said the veg­etable noo­dle range rides the wave of mar­ket de­mand for easy to serve fresh vegeta­bles, with a twist.

“Th­ese prepacked, spi­ralised, mi­crowave­able veg­etable noo­dles, pre­pared from lo­cally-grown vegeta­bles, are de­li­cious, nu­tri­tious and fill a much­needed gap in the fresh veg­etable mar­ket. The judges loved that the vege noo­dles were so ver­sa­tile, and could be served up raw to spice up a salad, or mi­crowaved for ad­di­tional nu­tri­tional veg­etable op­tions.

Speirs team from left: Shaun Keenan, Gareth Lewis, Ross Kane, Belinda Bon­nor and Christo Cruy­wa­gen.

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