Southern artisan goods delivered to your door

Dave Thorn, set to be based in Te Anau and Queenstown, has launched online enterprise The Kiwi Artisan Co with Southland producers.

SOUTHLAND artisan food producers have joined an online start-up initiative with an aim to share the “real taste” of New Zealand.

Dave Thorn, brother of Gathered Game founder Chris Thorn, recently launched The Kiwi Artisan Co small batch artisan goods by independent producers from Southland to Central Otago, Canterbury to Nelson, and Hawke’s Bay to Northland.

Southland business Gathered Game, which produced hand-crafted, premium wild venison salami and deer sticks cured in a traditional way, and Gore business Robbies Pickles and Preserves had also jumped on board.

Mr Thorn, who would be based in Te Anau and Queenstown, said while the business started as a market stall in Central Otago for local producers, Covid-19 was the catalyst for the inception of The Kiwi Artisan Co.

“The shutdown period was tough, but it was even tougher watching those small artisan producers struggle who really depend on local markets and retail shops to survive.

“We were determined to launch The Kiwi Artisan Co business online as a way to support the small batch artisan community and broaden artisan platter options for Kiwis who love to entertain at home.”

The “thoughtfully curated” range of sharing platter boxes were tailored to individual tastes and dietary requirements, he said.

Each online order would then be hand-packed and delivered direct to the door, to allow foodies to entertain, connect and discover the real taste of New Zealand with friends and family.

“We want to inspire people to get together to discover, share and celebrate small batch, New Zealand-made goods and support our local artisans.”

The Kiwi Artisan Co currently offered four predesigned boxes and catered for customers who wanted to build their own individual boxes.

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