Oakley’s Win National Food Hero Award
“Kiwis were also able to take part in the judging this year, as part of the People’s Choice campaign. After the success of the special Food Hero Awards last year, the awards programme introduced a new Food Hero award for 2021, sponsored by Palmerston North City Council. This award celebrates people or organisations that continuously support the New Zealand food and beverage supply chain in some way.
The judges selected the finalists, but the winner was determined by public vote. Oakley’s Premium Fresh Vegetables Ltd from Southbridge in Canterbury took out the People’s Choice prize. The family-owned business grow, harvest, pack and sell fresh produce all year round, including varieties of potatoes, broccoli, beetroot and pumpkin.”
Excerpt from NZ Food Awards Press Release 26/11/21
We are ecstatic to announce that Oakley’s Premium Fresh Vegetables are the winners of the 2021 People’s Choice Food Hero Award. This awards programme was run by the New Zealand Food Awards, powered by Massey University.
The Food Hero Award celebrates organisations supporting the NZ food and beverage supply chain. We were nominated for the support we show in the local community through initiatives such as donating to the food bank, charity events and dinners and community fundraisers. The winner was decided by you, the people of Aotearoa, and we want to express our thanks to all of our amazing customers, stockists and whānau for getting behind us.
This win means a lot to the Oakley’s team and reaffirms the good work we are doing in the community. This spans everything from supporting our local sports teams, schools, charities and events to contributing to the local fire department, Westpac Helicopters and St. John. You can see all of the great mahi we support in the community over on our Giving Back page.
Founder Robin Oakley has been passionate about growing vegetables since he was a young boy. He grew up in rural Canterbury inspired by growers such as his father and grandfather. He founded the company in 1985 with the vision of providing the freshest products to his customers. His commitment to quality from crop to supermarket has been his mission.
In 2021, Oakley’s vegetables are enjoyed across New Zealand by kiwi families. Oakley’s are located in Southbridge with a diverse team committed to providing New Zealand their favourite vegetables. Oakley’s works alongside the community and encourages an active lifestyle whilst giving back to the locals.