Winners of Wellington’s 2020 Good Food Boost announced

By Holly Leach

A mobile app that shows where to find the cheapest groceries, a farm growing fresh produce in the city, and businesses that produce plant-based curry pastes and vegan cheese are the winners of the 2020 Wellington Good Food Boost.

The annual Good Food Boost programme gives emerging foodie businesses an added boost! The competition has been led by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and supported by Wellington City Council (WCC) for four years now.

The programme aims to strengthen community efforts to increase food sustainability and resilience in Wellington.

SBN’s Holly Norton says this year’s finalists showed an impressive commitment to sustainability.

“All our winners are tackling some of our major food system issues such as climate, waste and water. I’m looking forward to seeing how these businesses continue to grow.”

All of the winners and finalists have huge potential to successfully grow, produce and promote ‘good food’ across the region. Between them they are focused on producing healthy and nutritious food that contributes to local economies, reducing waste, and helping protect and restore the environment.

The winners:

Cheap Kai: a website, with a mobile app under development, uses crowdsourced data to find incredible food deals around Wellington. Users can join this digital community to compare prices and store locations, and upload their own bargain discoveries.

Kōkihi: an urban farm growing microgreens, edible flowers and garden produce in the city. They also host workshops on food foraging and mushroom growing.

Kavita’s Kitchen: Kavita creates plant-based curry pastes using her grandma’s traditional recipes. Her products are intended to make life easier for busy people.

Terra Nut Cheese: makes vegan cream cheeses of cashews and dairy-free probiotics. Without trying to imitate dairy, Terra Nut Cheese is minimally processed, made from organic whole foods, and doesn’t come wrapped in plastic like many other cheeses.

The four winners will receive free expert help and mentoring from some of Wellington’s top foodies, starting later in August.

This year’s expert mentors are:

Matt Morrison – Co-Founder of All Good and Karma Cola

Kelda Hains – Restaurateur for Rita

Teva Stewart – Merchandise Manager, Commonsense

Bobby Lloyd – Co-founder of Reusabowl and Sustainability Consultant

Food Stories Aotearoa, LOKAI, Greytown Honey, and 3Sixty2 were finalists in the 2020 Wellington Good Food Boost programme.

For enquires, email Holly Norton [email protected]