NZ awards for food producers

Chicken and cheese companies from Hawke's Bay have been recognised





Hawke’s Bay producers of chooks and cheese have been recognised as among New Zealand’s most outstanding food producers. Bostock Brothers and Nieuwenhuis Farmstead Cheese each won categories at the Outstanding New Zealand Food Producer Awards last night. For their Organic Free-Range Chicken, Bostock Brothers were crowned Sustainability Champion and were joint winners of the Giesen Paddock Champion category, shared with Middlehurst Delivered. The sustainability category judges said Bostock Brothers had an “impressive circular story of the food supply chain and developments in renewable energy, mixed land use and waste”. Bostock Brothers were the 2020 Supreme Champions of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards, but were unable to attend a party due to Covid. Meanwhile, Nieuwenhuis Farmstead Cheese nabbed a win this year as Emerson’s Dairy Champion for their Marinated Cloud, Fresh Goat Cheese in Oil. Judges called it “perfection”. “An impeccable product with beautiful flavour balance . . . subtle herbs in the infused oil content flavours the goat’s cheese beautifully,” the judges said. The 2022 supreme champion was Chatham Island Food Co, the first time in the award’s six-year history that seafood has won the top prize. Head judge Lauraine Jacobs was delighted to see new and old companies among the champions. “Consistency is paramount in any product and our winners, for the most part, are from a group that continues to display passion and pride in production, while carefully ensuring their practices never infringe on the sustainability of our land.”