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.