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Kudos for kombucha, cakes, and whispering trails

Posted on July 18, 2017

Northland businesses continue to impress... congratulations to K4 Kombucha and Cultured Foods on the launch of the business; Whispering Trails on their grant from Top Energy; and Raw Cakes on their contract to supply product to Air New Zealand.

Kaye and son Tane take K4 to the markets.
Kaye and son Tane take K4 to the markets.

K4 Kombucha and Cultured Foods is a newly launched boutique, small-batch craft brewery in the Bay of Islands. 

Owners Kaye and Freddy are the mum and dad entrepreneurs behind the K4 business. Having overcome a number of obstacles to get their business off the ground, Kaye and Freddy are now happily producing beautiful cultured foods and beverages, adding yet another Northland business to the ever-increasing list of top quality F&B producers in New Zealand.

Northland Inc is proud to have supported Kaye and Freddy from the start of their business journey, helping to bring the business to life and linking them in with Massey University’s School of Food Science to work on an R&D programme on the benefits and application of the K4 Cultured Foods products.

Angeleen Lewers (right) with mum and co-owner Natalie in their commercial kitchen. [Photo / The Northern Advocate]
Angeleen Lewers (right) with mum and co-owner Natalie in their commercial kitchen. [Photo / The Northern Advocate]

Whangarei-based business Raw Cakes is in the final stages of negotiations for a 12-month supply contract of 100 percent natural ingredient cakes to Air New Zealand.

Owner Angeleen Lewers says the contract’s potential led her and her mum and co-owner Natalie to close their retail shop in favour of a commercial kitchen. However, people can still find their raw cakes at specialty food shops, and we may soon see product in other shops and cafes in Whangarei due to customer demand.

Northland Inc has supported the growth of this exciting business by acting as a sounding board and providing support for training, access to existing networks and marketing opportunities at events such as the recent HART Hundertwasser fundraising concert in Auckland.

The contract with Air New Zealand would start later this year.  Read more by Nick Unkovich from The Northern Advocate >>

Maria Kire (centre) and Joe Wynyard with their whanau [Photo / Top Energy]
Maria Kire (centre) and Joe Wynyard with their whanau [Photo / Top Energy]

Congratulations to Maria Kire and Joe Wynyard from Whispering Trails, a Hokianga based eco-tourism business just announced as this year’s recipient of Top Energy’s Business Development Fund. The Fund is a grant of up to $30,000 awarded twice-yearly in support of business ideas or initiatives aimed at growing and diversifying the economy of the Far North. 

Both Joe and Maria have an extensive background in tourism and the outdoors. Whispering Trails offers a broad spectrum of guided packages which cater for all levels of fitness and interest, from foraging bush walks in the Waima Forest ranges, gathering shellfish in the harbour, land based fishing at local spots in the Hokianga, or hunting wild game such as pigs, goats and a variety of game birds.  Read more >> 

With online resources, opportunities for training, tapping into advice from experienced professionals and connecting industry leaders, Northland Inc can provide important stepping stones for all types of business ventures. Contact Northland Inc's Business, Innovation & Growth team to find out how we can support you and your business.