Our very own Angus Brown, Co-founder and Ārepa chief executive, gives the NZ Herald an update on our growth over the last year and where we're headed.
Pulled from the NZ Herald. To read full article, click here.
Last year, the Auckland-based firm inked a deal with Coles. Now it is about to appear on the shelves in Woolworths.
"We've been growing a lot in Australia over the past year," co-founder and chief executive Angus Brown says.
"We're now in over 400 Coles sites. We've just landed Woolworths. So we'll be launching into around 350 Woolworths supermarkets nationwide in Australia in August."
Ārepa has also broken into Harris Farms, a high-end Australian grocery chain, as well as around 200 independent retailers.
"We think Australia could be a $20 million-plus market for us in the next few years," Brown says.
Including outlets in Singapore and various NZ supermarkets and service stations, Ārepa's drinks, capsules and powders are now in about 1500 outlets.
Along the way, it has become one of the largest buyers of New Zealand blackcurrants. It bought about 400 tonnes last year of a total 2000 tonnes. Ārepa's largest shareholder after Brown is an investment vehicle for theStephens family , who grow blackcurrants in Leeston, Canterbury.
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