FROM Bluff, Foveaux Strait and Riverton in the south to Waiheke Island and Kerikeri in the far north, Southern Seafood Products has continued to see an increase in business.
Staff at the showroom, next to its processing facilities, near the CBD at 8 Wood St, have been busy with a steady flow of customers checking out the latest in fresh seafood.
Retail salesperson Suzy Laurie and retail/administrator Lisa Withington, who, between them, have worked for the company for the past 13 years, said they had noticed the increase.
“We moved here a year ago from our previous site on Clyde St and have noticed an increase in foot traffic and in sales.
“Southern Seafood Products already had a good name for its products,” Suzy said.
“And we have continued building customer relationships,” Lisa said.
They said post-Covid, business had been “very steady”.
One of the reasons may be “because people don’t know what’s around the corner, they want to enjoy the finer things in life,” Lisa said.
Product freshness was at the heart of the business, as well as transporting items to their destination as soon as possible with an overnight courier service throughout New Zealand.
“We try to source our product as local as possible,” they said.
The fish is fresh and good quality… and the service is top quality as well.
From fresh Stewart Island green-lipped mussels to seafood sourced from the port of Bluff and Riverton, as well as its selection of fresh and cold-smoked Stewart Island salmon, clients had ordered its products from as far away as Waiheke Island and Kerikeri, they said.
The products were weather-dependent and seasonal.
“The oyster season has closed, but the whitebait season has begun.”
And to complement its range of kai moana (food from the sea), the shop also stocked various condiments and other products.