Over the years a steady flow of New Zealand and Australian artisan food products have crisscrossed the Tasman. Australia’s leading producer of fine macadamia based products, Brookfarm, has been picked up in New Zealand by Foodstuffs and delis.
Martin Brook, co-founder of Brookfarm, says Kiwi consumers are receptive to quality artisan products.
“For us our New Zealand customers really understand what great tasting healthy food is all about and we in turn are lucky enough to have more and more fine New Zealand products gracing our supermarket shelves. It’s a very healthy two way relationship.”
Brookfarm was founded in 1999 when Pam and Martin Brook purchased a run down dairy farm and planted 4500 macadamia trees and 30,000 sub tropical rainforest trees and eucalypts in an attempt to eradicate weeds and restore the land. Today the farm is organically certified and a range of internationally acclaimed macadamia based products such as Muesli, Porrij, Bircher, Macadamia oil, Walkabout Mixes and Brookfarm bars are produced in its purpose built factory. Pam Brook still develops every new product.
“By creating Brookfarm our mission was to incorporate macadamias into foods that people eat every day. We really wanted to create a different range of macadamia based products other than the usual choc coated, roasted and salted nuts. It still took over two years in intensive research and development to launch the first two mueslis, “says Pam Brook.
Brookfarm’s first products are still amongst the most popular and the company has also established a reputation for its quality gluten free offering, specifically its new gluten free muesli – a delicious blend of 17 premium ingredients. All products in the range are based on the highest quality nuts, grains and fruits.
“We work directly with the farmers as we are passionate about supporting and giving people real jobs and real futures within the farming community”, says Martin.
The company has won numerous awards for both its products and business management including 30 medals at the Sydney Royal Show and the Royal Hobart Show, Gold at the UK Great Taste Awards, and Silver Sofi at the USA Specialty Food Awards (listed as one of the top four oils in the USA).
Not a business to rest on their laurels, Brookfarm recently re-designed their popular Brookfarm bars by improving their artisan baking and blending methods to create an even crunchier, tastier bar that is beautifully packaged for a delicious, nutritious handy snack on the go.
The Brookfarm range of products is distributed in New Zealand through Auckland based, Three Fountains. For more information please visit www.threefountains.co.nz