Revealed: Snacks whetting appetites in Great Kiwi Snack Off
The nationwide search for the tastiest, most satisfying Kiwi snacks to have onboard has seen a flurry of expressions of interest from passionate foodies and boutique suppliers alike.
Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the response has been amazing, and the airline is thrilled to see so many local snack providers stepping up to the plate.
"We've been inundated with thousands of suppliers from all corners of the country visiting our EOI and more than 250 making submissions, and we're loving the creativity, passion and diversity that's coming through. It's clear that Kiwis are serious about their snacks and are eager to see their favourite treats onboard our flights.
"We'd love to spill the beans on the exciting snack ideas we've received, but we're keeping things under wraps for now. What we can say is that chips in all shapes and flavours are a hot topic, along with nutty and grainy options, and products made from locally-sourced fruits and veggies. High protein snacks are also whetting appetites, along with a really great response from diet diverse companies, particularly plant-based food entrepreneurs, and approaches from social enterprises working with disabled New Zealanders and those reducing food waste.
"We dish out around 15 million snacks onboard every year, but the neat thing about the Great Kiwi Snack Off is that we are looking for snacks that cater to a wide range of tastes and dietary needs – from the mainstays on our domestic network to surprise and delight.
"We're also committed to doing the right thing by prioritising social impact and sustainability, and celebrating some of the amazing climate-friendly options Kiwis are cooking up, along with those showcasing unique flavours from indigenous ingredients and the provenance of our regions.
"We're excited to have discovered so many new and exciting boutique-type food and snack suppliers that we might not have come across otherwise. It's great to see so many small, local businesses putting their best foot forward and putting their products on the national stage."
With expressions of interest closing on 1 May, there is still time for local snack providers to apply and get their products onboard.
13 most imaginative Kiwi infusions suggested to Air New Zealand so far:
- Kiwi Onion Dip with Veggie Dippers - A crowd favourite, this classic Kiwi dip is made with onion soup mix and reduced cream, served with a colourful array of fresh vegetable dippers.
- Sausage Sizzle Snag Roll – The time-honoured Bunnings BBQ sizzle snag rolled up in soft bread, Heinz ketchup and topped with an authentic mix of raw and burnt onions.
- L&P gummies - gummy bears infused with the iconic lemon and paeroa soda flavour.
- Spaghetti Toastie - Melted cheese sandwiched between two slices of toast with a hearty serving of Wattie's spaghetti inside.
- Lemon Meringue Pie flavoured popcorn –A mash up of two crowd favourites, coated in with a white chocolate drizzle.
- Snifters Slice – a nostalgic chocolate and peppermint slice reminiscent of the original Kiwi candy.
- Marmite and Cheese Scones - savoury scones made with classic Kiwi spread and cheddar cheese.
- Hokey Pokey Popcorn - popcorn coated with honeycomb chunks, another iconic Kiwi flavour.
- Māori Fry Bread - Soft, fluffy fry bread filled with a choice of flavourful fillings, such as whitebait, pāua or spiced taro.
- Pavlova bites - Mini meringue bites topped with fresh kiwifruit and whipped cream.
- Hangi pies – A take on the classic New Zealand pie, filled with savoury beef mince seasoned with traditional hangi spices.
- Hemp Chocolate Bar - a chocolate bar infused with hemp seeds, a nod to New Zealand's growing hemp industry.
- Kai Moana Chowder - A creamy and flavourful chowder made with a variety of fresh seafood, perfect for warming up on a chilly flight.
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 AirlineRatings.com, 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.