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Kiwi seltzer company named ‘Best Emerging Business’

Beverage company Native Sparkling has been named the Southeast-Asia CAPE Best Emerging Business at this year’s 2022 ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards.

Founded in 2012, Native Sparkling produced Aotearoa’s first hard sparkling beverage and it took home the award for its healthy alternative to beer and sugary drinks.

Simon Arcus, Chief Executive of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, which delivers ExportNZ locally, praised the quality of this year’s entrants.

“Between a supply chain crunch, lockdowns and a challenging global environment, the past two years have been as hard as they get for exporters,” he says.

“Every one of this year’s finalists deserves their place on the stage. Their hard work has kept our economy afloat through the pandemic.”

The judges for this year’s awards were Chair of Business Central Vaughan Renner, NZTE Head of Food & Beverage and Consumer Goods, Fiona Acheson, and ASB International Trade Consultant, Paul Gestro.

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