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Upper Hutt Leader : November 30th 2011
45 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 30, 2011 NEWS LAND FOR SALE - TENDER All Details from Mark McArthur 5277221, (0274)533701 • 10.4 Acres (4.18 ha) • Lifestyle Block or • 7 Subdivisible Lots • Separate Access • Northward Facing • Private & Sunny • Excellent views • Handy to Upper Hutt Tenders close 6th December 2011 Real Estate Ltd MREINZ Licensed Agent (REAA 2008) 4190591AA pix.ccn.co.nz er your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: To orde OUTSTANDING VALUE, LUXURY THROUGHOUT WH 2.7x3 3 60 0x 0 0 05 57 4.7x 7 74 47 TOU GH G G OBS B BC S S TO T UGHENED D O BSC S S 0KEY E E CK 8 8 8 0KE EY E E LO CK W/R FLOOR AREA: 300 sqM ROVER OPEN 1 -- 4 PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY OR BY APPOINTMENT. CORNER OF SH2 AND NORANA ROAD, UPPER HUTT 0800 506 507 PAN1011423 NEWS 528 9654 PHONE US AT Firm buzzing over export potential By SIMON EDWARDS All natural: There is export potential for the Bees Blessing cordials relaunched in Petone earlier this month by husband and wife team Jo Donnelly and Ian Stewart, pictured with Paul Rowan, centre, of The Empire. An Upper Hutt couple making the only honey-sweetened all-natural cordials in the country say they are exploring potential export markets in the United States. A rebranded Bees Blessing range was launched at The Empire earlier this month, with the drinks served to guests emphasising how good the cord- ials are as an ingredient in cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic mocktails. Bees Blessing is a family firm run by Jo Donnelly and Ian Stew- art with the oversight of their daughter Emare, 6. Jo said they chose the upmarket Petone pub because of a successful joint Garden to Gastronome entry in this year s Wellington on a Plate event with Empire owner Paul Rowan and artisan cheese specialist Wendy Adams, from Cultured. Unfortunately, the Jackson St cheese and coffee specialist outlet is now closed. About five years ago Bees Bless- ing began selling honey at local farmers markets. The honey was gathered from hives on their 22-hectare Kau Whero Farm in the Mangaroa Valley. An extra-plentiful honey har- vest inspired Ian to get crafty in the kitchen. A strong believer in additive and preservative-free food, he devised honey-themed marinades, dressings and cordials. The standout favourite was his extra gingery Knock Your Socks Off Lemon, Honey & Ginger cord- ial. Many more flavours of the organic honey-based cordials followed and were customer-tested at markets. As demand increased, an old fish and chip shop was converted to kitchen and office space and more time dedicated to sourcing the right ingredients such as organic lemons from Hawke s Bay and pure New Zealand honey. Every cordial recipe is a Bees Blessing original, sometimes based on a traditional favourite (like lemon, honey and ginger, cider vinegar and honey or elderflower) or sometimes the unexpected (like mulled lemon and honey or strawberry cordial). Every step of the production process is carried out by hand by the small team at Bees Blessing. The ginger extraction is a demanding four-step juicing, grinding, soaking and squeezing process from which emerges a thick, gingery syrup. Jo says they are regulars at Wellington s Harbourside market every Sunday and local outlets include Commonsense Organics in Lower Hutt, and Bookfeast in Petone. They are also breaking into restaurants and cafes, and a recent tie-up with sales and distri- bution agencies Pure Wairarapa and Robin Bartrum s Kiwi & Asso- ciates has led to an exploration of export potential for Bees Blessing, with samples already sent to an associate of Ms Bartrum s in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Jo says: The time is ripe for our type of [organic, preservative-free] product. We ve got half a dozen things on the boil at various locations in the States.
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