Raglan Food Co
Meet Seb Walter and Tesh Randal, also known as Mr and Mrs Coconut. Surf, nature and delicious food are just a few of the things they love. Oh, and of course coconuts too! When Seb made the move to become dairy-free due to allergies, Tesh started experimenting with making coconut yoghurt. It took time to get it right, with extensive taste-testing on Seb’s part, but after nailing the flavour, breakfast became their favourite meal of the day! It wasn’t long before the locals caught on and started asking if they could have some too.
From supplying locals out of their home kitchen, to building their own factory in the surf town of Raglan and now suppling all of New Zealand, Raglan Food Co has been a journey of learning how to grow a business while staying true to its values. All about lifting the vibe and championing the shift to a plant-based diet for humankind, Raglan Food Co is a great kiwi success story.
Always looking for ways to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly, Seb and Tesh looked to becoming B Corp Certified. A Lengthy process (taking nearly two years!), Raglan Food Co became B Corp Certified in early 2021.
Why did Raglan Food Co become a B Corp?
“We’d heard from others that it was the most comprehensive and credible form of certification out there – we were already Living Wage and Carbon Zero certified, but this is something that assesses every single area of your business. How you interact with your Community, Suppliers, Customers, Team, Environment, and your Governance. We wanted to be held accountable to the highest possible standard and B Corp seemed like the right path to go down.”
What was the certification process like?
“It was a loooong process for us, taking nearly 2 years from when we first started working through the assessment process until finally becoming certified in early 2021. It helped us put in place new systems and processes that we didn’t have before and made us review pretty much all areas of our operations. We were amazed at the level of detail the assessment covers; literally no stone is left unturned! So we were thrilled when we received our final score of 96.7 as we felt this reflected the level of effort we’d put into the process.”
Any tips for those looking to become B Corp certified?
“We can highly recommend it – although it’s a lot of work and effort, it will only improve the way you operate, so treat it as a ‘coaching program’ of sorts for your business and you’ll get a ton of benefit out of it! We’re stoked to have joined the ranks of B Corps around the globe doing things differently and better.”
As always, New Zealand small businesses are paving the way to a better future and Foodbox is proud to be supporting local!