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A toast to Chia

A toast to Chia

17 December 2013

Father and daughter Ben and Chloe Van Dyke are raising their glasses in celebration as their natural drink company, Chia Ltd, hits its first birthday mark.

Launched in December 2012, Chia offers all-natural, superfood health drinks, made with the tiny chia seed.

Chia seeds are a rich source of vegetable Omega 3, complete protein, minerals, electrolytes, fibre, and antioxidants.

It’s those benefits that co-owner Chloe says has helped launch the Nelson business nationwide.

“People are really interested in our drinks. They’re completely natural and there are so many health benefits to drinking them.”

Over the past year supermarkets, cafes, health food stores and gyms throughoutNew Zealand have been stocking Chia.

“We look back over the last year and we’re amazed and so grateful for the people who have got in behind us,” says co-owner Ben.

“It’s just fantastic to see how far we have come in such a short time. The highlight of the year was being awarded the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Business Awards. It just gave us such a boost.”

The $30,000 cash injection has helped with the purchase of a new bottling machine which has immediately improved production quality and efficiency.

“We’re really looking forward to the next 12 months. We’ve only just begun,” says Ms Van Dyke.

The three flavours, Blueberry and Apple, Blackcurrant and Apple and Orange, Passionfruit and Apple are 100% natural, gluten free, GE free and vegan friendly.

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