Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Pyramid Ferments, Picton

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MPP Lou Rinaldi, Jenna Empey and Alex Currie

MPP Lou Rinaldi, Jenna Empey and Alex Currie

When Jenna Empey and Alex Currie began offering Gut Shots, people lined up - not for a punch to the stomach, but for 300 millilitres of probiotic-rich tonic that punches up the levels of healthy bacteria in their digestive system. The product proved so popular at farmers' markets that Empey and Currie are now marketing to retail outlets and discussing partnerships with juice companies. The tonic is simply the brine left over from their main activity: producing kimchi, sauerkraut and other fermented foods. This former waste product accounted for 13 per cent of their sales in 2015, and they expect that number to double in 2016. To keep up with demand for the tonic, they've tripled kimchi and sauerkraut production - a boon for local cabbage producers.


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