Seeking all snack providers in Aotearoa New Zealand

Air New Zealand is on the hunt for the most snack-tacular, mouth-watering treats to satisfy passengers' cravings at 33,000 feet.
17 April 2023

As an airline known for taking its snacks to new heights, Air New Zealand is launching the Great Kiwi Snack Off – a nationwide search for the tastiest, most satisfying Kiwi snacks to have onboard. All local snack providers across New Zealand are invited to take part in the expression of interest (EOI).

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says Air New Zealand is on a mission to create a snacking experience like no other. 

"We revamped our domestic snack programme in 2021 to huge success, but we're ready to take things up a notch with even more variety, flavours, and surprises across all flights and mealtimes.

"We're seeking a diverse range of snacks that cater to different dietary needs and time-of-day appetites. Think sweet, savoury, healthy, indulgent, and everything in between, and catering for a greater range of dietary requirements and preferences." 

Air New Zealand is looking for snacks that tick all the boxes. The snacks must cater to diverse dietary requirements, be sustainable, and have a touch of Kiwi flair.

"We're looking for snacks that will surprise and delight our customers, making their journey that much sweeter. Whether it's a classic Kiwi treat or a creative flavour from indigenous ingredients, we want to showcase the best snacks that New Zealand has to offer – particularly from Māori or Pasifika businesses, social enterprises or those celebrating the provenance of our regions." 

The EOI closes 1 May, and is open to all New Zealand suppliers, with the aim of having new snacks onboard before the end of 2023. The EOI covers the full suite of snack offerings on Air New Zealand flights, from Domestic to International, but excludes our Air New Zealand lolly – that's here to stay. 

Through its open tender process, Air New Zealand is hoping to capture the most innovative and unique boutique-type food and snack suppliers that it might not have come across otherwise.

"We're committed to championing Kiwi brands and delivering a pipeline of products that showcase the best of New Zealand. We're also dedicated to doing the right thing by prioritising social impact and sustainability, so snacks that meet those criteria will be given extra brownie points."

The airline is inviting expressions of interest (EOI) from all corners of the country, giving even the smallest boutique suppliers the chance to get their snacks onboard. The EOI includes international flights. 

If you're a New Zealand food provider with a passion for snacking, it's time to apply and get your products onboard. Air New Zealand is ready to take its snack game to new heights, and they want you to come along for the ride.



Attached: Image of Air New Zealand's Great Snack Off launches today (credit: Air New Zealand) & FAQs about the Great Kiwi Snack Off

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.