Wellington City Council and The Sustainable Business Network have announced the four winners of the 2018 Good Food Boost programme – giving fledgling food businesses the wings to fly. Businesses that deliver creative cooking, local honey, healthy crackers, and food that nurtures, all reflected the philosophy that inspired the initiative initially.

The winners were selected for their potential to successfully promote ‘good food’ across the region – including a focus on healthy, nutritious food that contributes to local economies, reduces waste, and helps protect and restore the environment.

“Investing in the local food market is beneficial to the economy as it keeps money circulating around the region, an exciting and innovative food scene is attractive to locals and visitors alike, and let’s face it, the closer the source, the fresher and better the taste,” said Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. “It’s also important from a resilience point of view, as the fewer kilometres food travels, the smaller the footprint. We also know many of the region’s food producers, and the majority of them are conscious about sustainability and regenerative practices.”

The Sustainable Business Network initiative, run in partnership with Wellington City Council, offers the four winning applicants mentoring and business development support from some of the country’s most successful food business experts including Matt West, Richard Shirtcliffe, Teva Stewart and Kelda Hains.

The winners are:

Creative Cooking: Quality, handmade products created from scratch, including macarons and superseed crackers. Ingredients are sourced locally and from ethical suppliers.

Wellington Honey: Honey that can be traced back to local hives or apiaries. The bees collect nectar from local gardens and the extensive native bush surrounding the city.

Esther’s: A food production kitchen supplying local cafés and the community with nutritious sweet treats, savoury snacks and tasty seasonal condiments. Specialties include nut butters, pickles, jams and live sauerkraut.

Half Baked: Two Wellington sisters produce delicious, healthy sweet treats to suit alternative diets. They cater for vegan, dairy free, gluten free, soy free and refined sugar-free.