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Small Business Driver: Kaikoura Cheese

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Nestled between the sweeping hills of Kaikoura and the sea sits the family-owned and operated Kaikoura Cheese. Sarah and Dan are passionate cheesemakers, focusing on quality over quantity in their production, and working to ensure their business has a low environmental impact.  

With a range of artisan Jersey cow, goat and sheep’s cheeses on offer, every batch of Kaikoura Cheese is unique. Sarah and Dan love watching their customers sample new batches, leaving with a different purchase every visit.   

The small team at Kaikoura Cheese have dealt with various obstacles over the years. After recovering from the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016, the team lost 95% of their sales during the Covid-19 lockdown. The businesses’ strong reputation for producing quality cheeses and their loyal customer base is what has kept them going through challenging times.  

For a business that relies on navigating the Kaikoura terrain, receiving a Toyota Highlander through the Small Business Driver initiative has helped rebuild the Kaikoura Cheese team’s confidence in their ability to bounce back. Encouragingly, Kaikoura Cheese is seeing their sales begin to climb again with the help of their customers and community. With October being New Zealand Cheese Month, the team are looking forward to being able to travel in their Highlander and share their award-winning and unique cheeses with Kiwis across the country.  

Next time you are in Kaikoura, stop in and taste Kaikoura Cheese’s exceptional products at their factory and shop. You can also purchase their award-winning products at various stockists or online at https://www.kaikouracheese.co.nz/