Ready, set, snack! Air New Zealand calling for taste testers in the Great Kiwi Snack Off

10 October 2023
  • More than 400 suppliers have put their best snacks forward
  • The delectable creations of 30 suppliers have been shortlisted
  • More than 70 snacks tried and taste tested
  • Now, Air New Zealand is calling for taste testers to help make the final decision

Calling all snacksperts! Air New Zealand is looking for Kiwis to help narrow down the most snack-tacular treats to serve its customers onboard as part of the airline's Great Kiwi Snack Off.

Earlier this year, Air New Zealand announced a nationwide search for the most flavorful Kiwi snacks to introduce onboard, prompting hundreds of passionate suppliers from around the country to bring their creations to the table.

Now the airline is seeking five foodies to put their tastebuds to the test and help the airline make its final decision on what snacks will be served onboard.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says more than 400 suppliers expressed their interest, putting forward everything from nuts to nachos.

"We've had some incredible suppliers reach out with snacks of all shapes and flavours and they've got some great stories to tell. Whether they're on a mission to highlight the best of locally sourced produce, or want to help a deserving charity, the calibre of suppliers has been exceptional. We've managed to whittle the list down to 30 suppliers still in the running, but we need a hand to make the final call.

"What's become really clear through this process is Kiwis are passionate about snacks, so why not give a few of the country's most enthusiastic foodies a chance to be snacksperts and have their say on what we serve onboard."

Air New Zealand's panel of snackers has already narrowed down the list to ensure suppliers meet key requirements, for example, options that can be served without heating and are easy and light to transport.

"We've got dozens of snacks that highlight a variety of classic Kiwi flavours including tangy feijoas and kiwifruit for our snacksperts to try. From cookies and bliss balls to crunchy bacon chips to churros, it won't be an easy task for them to narrow the snacks down."

There's no age limit for those who want to put their name forward for this meaty challenge, with kids and adults alike eligible to enter to become snacksperts.

They'll be given the chance to taste test the snacks in Auckland and give their verdict, before the final selection is announced in the coming weeks.

Top things you didn't know about onboard snacks:

  • Every snack needs to be easy to eat (and easy to clean!). Some aircraft only have a short window of 15-20 minutes to turn around for their next flight, so snacks that won't make a huge mess and create lots of work for our amazing team of cleaners are important.
  • Snacks on our domestic flights need to be easy to transport and fit into a selection of containers. Every morning and afternoon 1,200 snacks are loaded onto an aircraft, so the snacks need to be small enough to fit in these containers.
  • Every aircraft has a specific amount of weight allocated for food and catering, so the snacks need to meet those weight restrictions.
  • We also like to ensure there are gluten free options available and we look where possible to source other options such as vegan and dairy free options.




Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's story started in 1940, first taking to the skies between Auckland and Sydney on a flying boat - a Short S30. Known for its warm Kiwi hospitality, today, the airline has 104 operating aircraft ranging from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320s to ATRs and Q300s, offering customers comfort in the latest most efficient jets and turboprops. It's a modern fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of 7.3 years. Air New Zealand's global network of passenger and cargo services centres around New Zealand. Pre-Covid, the airline flew more than 17 million passengers every year, with 3,400 flights per week. Air New Zealand was recently named the World's Safest Airline by the Australian rating service, highlighting the airline's laser-focus on safety. Last year, Air New Zealand won Best Corporate Reputation in New Zealand – 8th year in a row.

Air New Zealand has a well-connected domestic business, connecting customers and cargo to 20 different regions around New Zealand. Internationally, the airline has direct flights to major cities across Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands and the US, and through its strong relationships with alliance partners, offers customers more choice and convenience to connect further afield to hundreds of destinations. Air New Zealand has a particular focus on sustainability and its Sustainability Framework  helps guide the airline's efforts in tackling some of New Zealand's and the world's most complex challenges. Air New Zealand aircraft are proudly identified by its distinct tail livery of the Mangōpare, the Māori symbol of the hammerhead shark which represents strength, tenacity, and resilience.


About Star Alliance

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.