North Canterbury Businesses Named as New Zealand Artisan Awards Finalists

Two North Canterbury start-up businesses have been selected as finalists in the coveted 2021 New Zealand Artisan Awards.

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Kaikoura-based Mt Fyffe Distillery was one of 14 producers to be named a finalist in the alcoholic beverages category, while Rangiora’s Mylk Made was one of 34 producers in the ambient category which includes products from honey, nuts, salts and chips.

Jemma Turner, founder of Mylk Made says she was blown away by the recognition and to be listed alongside some of New Zealand’s most recognised food brands.

“It is such an honour. We’ve only been operating for a little over a year now, so to have been selected as a finalist is a huge confidence boost. Being acknowledged by our industry and celebrated by our peers is really special to us.”

Justine Schroder of Mt Fyffe Distillery is also excited about the win and sees it as an opportunity to increase awareness of her boutique gin.

“Since launching my gin in July this year I have been so overwhelmed by the positive reception we have received. Being named a finalist in the 2021 NZ Artisan Awards has really cemented the notion that I’m on the right path, and is such a huge opportunity to get the word out about my gin to an even wider audience.”

Enterprise North Canterbury Food and Beverage Business Development Manager Alissa Wilson has been working with North Canterbury food and beverage businesses for the past 18 months under the MADE NORTH CANTERBURY provenance brand.

“We’re so proud to see these two start-up businesses included in the awards. With over 950 entries from across New Zealand, this is a huge achievement for them and for North Canterbury as a food and beverage producing region,” says Alissa.

“Both producers have created such incredible products, so it’s great to see them get the recognition they deserve.”

The 2021 NZ Artisan Award winners are announced on Monday 27th of September.