Spinach

Southern Fresh Foods were growing nutrient packed spinach before we even knew what a superfood was! Located in the fertile, lush growing area in the heart of Waikato, they’ve been working the land for over 30 years. They’re Aotearoa’s leading growers of high quality baby vegetables, salad, and herbs.

With over 500 acres of land for growing and cultivating, the farm provides Whaiora with premium baby leaf spinach.

Boysenberries

from the sunny fields ofNelson

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We work closely with family-owned business Sujon who supply our delicious berry powders. They source their boysenberries from Nelson based growers Matt and Jacki Tucker. Matt comes from a long line of farmers – his family have been growing produce in the area since 1915! They own and run a 22-hectare farm; nine of which are dedicated to boysenberry bushes which Matt worked closely with his dad to plant.

Perhaps the most impressive thing is the harvesting process. It all begins in January and it sounds like really hard work. The heat from the summer sun makes the berries too delicate to pick by day, so Matt harvests them during the night. For three weeks straight his workday begins at 2am and goes all the way through to 11am, yikes! The early hours and hard work are worth it for the end result of deliciously plump boysenberries.

Boysenberries

from the sunny fields ofNelson

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We work closely with family-owned business Sujon who supply our delicious berry powders. They source their boysenberries from Nelson based growers Matt and Jacki Tucker. Matt comes from a long line of farmers – his family have been growing produce in the area since 1915! They own and run a 22-hectare farm; nine of which are dedicated to boysenberry bushes which Matt worked closely with his dad to plant.

Perhaps the most impressive thing is the harvesting process. It all begins in January and it sounds like really hard work. The heat from the summer sun makes the berries too delicate to pick by day, so Matt harvests them during the night. For three weeks straight his workday begins at 2am and goes all the way through to 11am, yikes! The early hours and hard work are worth it for the end result of deliciously plump boysenberries.

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Boysenberries

New Zealand is the world’s largest producer of boysenberries. They’re a hybrid cross between raspberries and blackberries.

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Honey

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Taylor Pass Honey provide the sweetness to our Whaiora smoothie powders. You’ll find them on Taylor Pass Road in Malborough, nestled among one of the most untouched and breathtaking places on earth.

Alongside our honey powder supplier GS Foods, we’re delighted to work with a company so passionate not only about producing a top-quality product, but working sustainably too. Whether it's reducing travel between hives, or ensuring there is a minimal footprint left behind when beekeepers visit a site, everything is measured and managed. Taylor Pass believe everything is connected; the unique land that surrounds them, the bees, and the staff. The way they see it, they have a responsibility to look after it all and because they do, the land stays untouched and breathtaking for the next generation.

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blackcurrants

Omihi, Canterbury

Magical blackcurrants – the secret’s in the water

Sujon also provide us with blackcurrant powder. They get the fresh fruit from Omihi farmers Karen and Gary Tomes and their son (who manages the farm). The blackcurrants are picked and sent straight to Sujon for freezing, sealing in the wonderful flavours and nutrients.

The blackcurrants are super tasty and we’re told the secret is in the extraordinary water used in the irrigation process. It’s sourced from a closed aquifer and has been carbon dated back to 23,000 years old. Gary tells us it’s true mineral water which is slightly effervescent and high in nutrients, meaning the blackcurrants are some of the juiciest in the country.

The Hauraki Plains Gift UsFeijoas

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We’re obsessed with feijoas! And we found someone who loves them as much as us. Owned and run by Hannah and Earle McIntosh, Kaihere Orchard grows feijoas, and only feijoas. You’ll find them nestled at the base of the Hapūkone ranges. Fun fact: the first European settlers named the area “The Orchard” after the quince and peach trees grown by local Maori. The unique characteristics found in the soils of the Hauraki Plains impart a distinct (and delicious!) flavour on the fruit. With two generations of orchardists, the McIntosh family has plenty of experience in producing some of the tastiest feijoas in Aotearoa.

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Feijoas

This delicious fruit is popular in New Zealand. It’s packed full of dietary fibre, iodine, and vitamin C.

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Milk

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The delicious milk we use in Whaiora comes from a Maori owned company Miraka. Miraka means Milk and they are located near Taupo the heart of New Zealand dairy. Miraka prides itself on the stewardship of its natural resources. They are guided by their cultural values, which have been passed down through many generations. They are the kaitiaki (guardians) of this land, and their vision is to nuture our world.

They have developed a best practice model to help carry this responsibility forward from environmental care to animal welfare and resource management. The people at Miraka recognize that this is essential to ensure that all they do is to the highest of standards and this is carried throughout – from the pasture to our nourishing smoothie powder.

Milk

One of the most nutritious foods on the planet, milk is loaded with protein, vitamin B12, and calcium.

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