Zeffer has been named as one of six regional winners of the Westpac Business Growth Grants. The winners will all compete for the chance to win $50,000 with the overall winner set to be announced in Auckland on the 25th July. All regional winners will also attend a business retreat in Fiji in September, and will also receive expert mentoring including legal, HR and accounting advice.

Since its inception ten years ago, Zeffer has grown to include a number of ciders that are marketed across both international and domestic markets. The judges praised their rapid growth over the last ten years whilst retaining a sustainable model.

“With a strategic focused approach on export markets, whilst nailing the “3P” - people, planet and profit - they are en route to making Zeffer a global brand,” the judges said.

Westpac NZ head of commercial and agribusiness, Mark Steed, said the Growth Grants are a way of celebrating and supporting up-and-coming businesses, regardless of their industry, location, or whether they’re a Westpac customer.

“Every year we’re blown away by the passion, ingenuity and work ethic of regional Kiwi enterprises,” said Steed. “When a business is growing in a sustainable manner, it contributes not just to the local community but to a better New Zealand as well”.

The six regional finalists across New Zealand are:

  • Dive! Tutukaka – Auckland/Northland
  • Pacific Collections – Waikato/Bay of Plenty
  • Zeffer Brewing Limited – Central North Island
  • Fix and Fogg – Wellington and Lower North Island
  • Jeuneroa – Canterbury Tasman and West Coast
  • Hunter & Craig Building and Design – Otago/Southland