Ziwi Earns Business Award



New Zealand-based premium pet food manufacturer Ziwi took top honors as Best Medium to Large Business Exporter at the 2018 Zespri Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards. Now in their 28th year, the Zespri Awards are dedicated to recognizing companies that have helped grow and transform New Zealand’s national and local economies with exceptional export success. The judges of the Best Medium to Large Business Exporter of the Year Award recognized Ziwi for its business strategy, focus on staff well being and the general ethos inducted by management.


“Ziwi’s high quality ingredients and high meat formulation has attracted an enormous following of cats and dogs around the world,” said Richard Lawrence, Ziwi managing director. “The vision to create air-dried, nutrient-packed meals that are free from grains, fillers and artificial additives has given us a real point of difference here and in international markets." 


In a move to establish the brand in the United States and Canada, Ziwi opened its first offshore office in the US in 2010. Ziwi’s export markets expanded into Asia, Europe and Australia and the brand is now distributed in over 20 countries. Along with a recent expansion into the Christchurch area on the South Island, Ziwi partnered with ANZCO Foods to form a new joint venture operation producing pet treats and chews.


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