Latesha Randall

Raglan Food Co Ltd

Latesha didn't plan to start a food business, she stumbled into it! She was making coconut yoghurt at home to help Seb (her business partner) who has dairy allergies. They wanted to eat a dairy-free diet but didn't want to give up yoghurt as they both love it, so she found an alternative option. She offered a couple of jars to the Raglan locals to buy and had huge demand, and it grew organically from there with more and more people asking for it. 

"We have a brand that people love because we are authentically passionate about making a great product, taking care of our staff, and looking after the environment. We are a Living Wage employer, we make everything ourselves here in Raglan instead of contract manufacturing (most of our competitors contract manufacture) so we really understand the product and how to make the best possible coconut yoghurt, and we put a lot of effort into giving back and being a conscious company. 

Raglan Food Co are a certified B Corporation and have been Carbon Zero certified for three years which means they track and offset all their emissions, they are part of the Climate Leaders Coalition, packaging in glass jars instead of plastic since they can be infinitely recycled, as well as sponsoring beach-clean ups around the country, plant trees, and donating yoghurt to charities and good causes every week. They are now in over 600 stores, "I think our values and how we run our company has played a big part in this, as well as our delicious products" say's Latesha!

Get to know Latesha:

Favourite restaurant/or café in the Waikato to go out to:

Ulo's Kitchen - Raglan.

Most underrated vegetable, cut of meat or seafood?

Parsnip! It definitely doesn't get enough attention.

The kitchen utensil you can't live without?

Measuring cup - I love baking and you can't quite wing it!

If you didn’t become a chef what would you have been?

If I wasn't doing what I was doing now I'd be a writer fulltime.

What is your one ingredient that is your staple?

Coconuts,

Saturday night in with a movie, what is your comfort meal?

Indian and plenty of chocolate.

Where to see Latesha:

Wholesome Hub

Sunday 3.00pm

Hear the origins of how this gem of a business started and their journey of creating a sustainable future.

 

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