One giant inflatable donut, two very impressive trophies and a crowd of 500-plus enthusiastic businesspeople combined last night to see Christchurch’s Original Foods Baking Co (OFBC) awarded winners in the 2017 Champion Canterbury Business Awards.  OFBC won the title of Champion Producer/Manufacturer (medium-large enterprise) and then overall Supreme Winner (medium-large enterprise).

Celebrating its 26th year in business, the family-owned, wholesale manufacturer is a New Zealand institution with its delicious range of cakes, slices, bites and donuts which are sold throughout the country and the South Pacific. OFBC’s tasty treats can also be enjoyed on the in-flight menus of Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Virgin and Jetstar.

OFBC founder and managing director, Jane Mayell accepted the awards and shared some insights into her business success.

“New Zealand businesses are passionate, creative, resilient and innovative," said Mayell.

“I left school at 16 years old with a dream. Tonight proves what can be achieved if you follow your vision and achieve your dreams.”

Mayell paid tribute to her fellow finalists as well the awards’ judges, sponsors and OFBC supporters including friends, family and the company’s 100 full-time and part-time staff.

“It is an absolute privilege to be honoured with these awards. We are very grateful to be recognised in this way and will continue to achieve more big dreams for Original Foods Baking Co in the future.”