Ruff jerky is win­ning tucker


A small Hast­ings school com­pany has beaten out 600 oth­ers from around the coun­try to come third at the na­tional Young En­ter­prise Awards.

Iona Col­lege’s Ruff Tucker were one of 23 re­gional cham­pi­ons com­pet­ing for the na­tional supreme award in Welling­ton.

The team of four came up with the idea for Ruff Tucker dur­ing a Year 12 busi­ness stud­ies course.

They take bull mean by- prod­ucts and de­hy­drate it to cre­ate the beef jerky for dogs, with 150 gram bags sell­ing for $10.

Ruff Tucker CEO Gemma Burnside said the busi­ness had been an enor­mous part of their stud­ies this year.

‘‘We are so blessed to have spent the year in an en­cour­ag­ing en­vi­ron­ment with the sup­port of our teach­ers, men­tors, and fam­i­lies,’’ she said.

‘‘It has been very spe­cial to have de­vel­oped Ruff Tucker from an idea into an award-win­ning busi­ness. We are very proud of each other and how much we have done as a team and as friends.’’

The Young En­ter­prise Scheme is de­signed to pro­mote in­ven­tion and in­no­va­tion in young peo­ple through­out the coun­try, the Ruff Tucker team would rec­om­mend it to other stu­dents.

Teacher Stephen Parkin said it was pleas­ing to see such a highqual­ity prod­uct com­bined with pro­fes­sional qual­ity de­sign work be­ing pro­duced by the group.


Teacher Stephen Parkin with Gemma

Burnside, Emma Wil­son, Bren­nagh Mullins, and Lucy Treseder.

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