An award-winning food producer says Kaipaki, where she lives and runs Well & Truly Artisan Pantry, is the “best kept secret around”.
Sue Loder has won the bountiful table category in the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards.
She and husband Matt own Well and Truly Pantry and produce certified gluten-free gourmet granolas and pantry products using produce from local growers and suppliers.
“We’re a bit different, we choose to put people before profits, from the high-quality ingredients we choose, to the flexibility we offer our team, to the partnerships with our wholesale customers.
“We believe in building a community that feels supported in their pursuit for a balanced life, which is super important now more than ever,” said Sue.
The entire range is handcrafted, from blending of the ingredients to cooking and packaging. Each part of the process from the measuring of ingredients to the bag filling is all done by hand.
Part of the balanced life for Sue and her family is living in their rural community.
She says it’s funny that “most people we meet” don’t know where Kaipaki – between Te Awamutu and Cambridge – is.
It’s been an amazing year for Sue and the team, winning seven silver medals at the outstanding food producers awards and reaching the finals of the NZ Artisan Awards and the New Zealand food awards where the winners will be announced later this month.
“Winning the Rural Woman NZ bountiful table award is such an incredible honour, to be amongst such inspirational women past and present is such a privilege and truly the icing on the cake (or should I say yoghurt on the granola).”
The supreme Rural Women NZ Business award will be announced later this year.