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Annies Secures Major US Contract

Annies Secures Major US Contract

Annies, a subsidiary of Kono NZ, has secured a major US contract that will see production of their fruit bars quadruple over the next few months.

The Blenheim based company was purchased by Kono in 2014 when it was in receivership. “We saw the potential for this 100% natural fruit bar within our portfolio and established network of distributors. Building off the strong international reputation of Kono, we were able to open doors and build trust more quickly than might otherwise have been achieved,” Rachel Taulelei, CEO, Kono NZ.

Kono NZ is the food and beverage arm of Nelson based Wakatu Incorporation, and has grown steadily since its establishment in 2011. The company now exports to over 30 countries, and employs up to 450 staff. Also included in its portfolio are Tohu and Aronui Wines, mussels, apples, pears, kiwifruit, hops, and the more recently launched Kiwa Oysters and Tūtu Cider.

“This is great news for Kono, as we continue to focus on exports and lead the way as a premium New Zealand food and beverage exporter. And it’s great news for Blenheim too, as we are looking to employ an additional 18 staff to increase production to the required levels,” Mel Chambers, GM Foods, Kono NZ.


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