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Online startup helps NZ artisan food makers build local fans

New Zealand online business The Kiwi Artisan Co has launched in support of local artisan producers as a response to the impact of Covid-19 on trade.

The online business emerged from a small market stall based in Central Otago, where the founders observed the blow to small artisan producers in the midst of the pandemic first hand.

“The shutdown period was tough, but it was even tougher watching those small artisan producers struggle who really depend on local markets and retail shops to survive,” said company founder Dave Thorn.

“We were determined to launch The Kiwi Artisan Co business online as a way to support the small batch artisan community and broaden artisan platter options for Kiwis who love to entertain at home.”

Kiwi Artisan offers fine small-batch food items in curated sharing platter boxes to at-home gourmands nationwide in support of local independent producers from Southland to Central Otago, Canterbury to Nelson, and Hawkes Bay to Northland.

The goods are handcrafted from locally sourced, high-quality ingredients in small batches using sustainable production processes.

The firm is retailing four boxes featuring its own curation as well as boxes with ingredients selected by customers for delivery throughout New Zealand.

The company’s own four boxes are:

The Artisan (RRP NZ$79) features wild-venison salami from Fiordland, sun-ripened olives from Hawke’s Bay with a range of fig relishes and small batch cheeses from each end of the country.

The Entertainer (RRP $109) with a variety of New Zealand cheeses, dry aged wild-venison salami, small batch preserves, traditional olives, pickled onions and mixed seed crackers.

The Forager (RRP $79) is a sweet and savoury vegetarian grazing box featuring fig nut ‘salami,’ Bay of Islands blue cheese, European-style aged gouda, Central Otago preserves, and manuka chocolate.

The Chocolatier (RRP $65) featuring dark chocolate kiwifruit, double choc salted peanut bark, organic hot chocolate and a range of kiwi crafted chocolates.

All prices include shipping within New Zealand.

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