Friday, 30th October, 2015

Sheer determination, hard yakka and tenacity have seen Epicurean Dairy Limited, producer and supplier of gourmet dairy products including yoghurts and cheeses, emerge victorious from the Westpac Auckland Business Awards West, announced last night (29 October).

Epicurean Dairy Limited took out the Supreme Business Excellence Award and the Excellence in Innovation category, as well as Director, Angus Allan, winning the Excellence in Business Leadership category.

Entrepreneurial chefs Angus Allan and Ofer Shenhav, “… set out to achieve the unthinkable (and) Kiwis caught on fast … within 10 months of its conception (Epicurean) was New Zealand’s best-selling gourmet yoghurt. Overnight sensation? You betcha!“ 

A small, passionate team, Epicurean Dairy Limited is an outstanding example of West Auckland business succeeding in the boutique, locally driven, niche innovation arena.

The Westpac Auckland Business Awards reward excellence in business, and celebrate business innovation and best practice across Auckland North, South, West and Central.

Says Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett, “The Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge business’s achievements and to recognise the team effort that goes into making a business successful.”

In the West, other winning businesses included IQ Commercial, Blastacars West Auckland Limited, Libelle Group Limited, Heart Saver NZ Limited and Chrysalis Group Limited.

“The West Awards highlight great businesses achieving highly niche positions in their market. These businesses have worked out how to meet specific demand and therefore a more captive market,” adds Barnett.

Auckland Council’s economic growth agency – Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – partners the Chamber to present the Awards.

Patrick McVeigh, ATEED General Manager Business, Innovation & Skills, says: “ATEED is proud to support the awards and congratulates last night’s winners for being recognised as examples of business excellence.

“As the awards results show, many Auckland West companies are already demonstrating world-class innovation.

“ATEED is committed to working with businesses in the West and across the region, cultivating this culture of innovation which will be vital to our region’s economic transformation.”

“A huge congratulations to the category winners at the 2015 Westpac Auckland Business Awards West,” says Karen Silk, Westpac GM Commercial, Corporate & Institutional.

“Westpac is extremely proud to be associated with a programme that recognises the outstanding achievements of businesses across New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland West region.

“We wish the 2015 award winners all the very best for their future business endeavours and, if history is anything to go by, we absolutely know they will continue to excel,” says Silk.

The regional Awards, hosted by Auckland Chamber of Commerce with the support of ATEED, offer businesses a chance to be rewarded for their excellence, to share their stories and to celebrate their successes. For a complete list of finalists visit

Congratulations to the Winners of the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2015 - west

Excellence in Innovation Sponsored by Canam Group
Epicurean Dairy Limited 

Excellence in Marketing Sponsored by Unitec Institute of Technology
Blastacars West Auckland Limited

Best Emerging Business Sponsored by Air New Zealand
Chrysalis Group Limited

Excellence in Customer Service Delivery Sponsored by Western Gas Limited
Libelle Group Limited 

Excellence in Strategy and Planning Sponsored by UHY Haines Norton and Corban Revell
Heart Saver NZ Limited 

Excellence in Exporting Sponsored by Babich Wines Limited
IQ Commercial 

Excellence in Business Leadership Sponsored by Douglas Pharmaceuticals Limited
Angus Allan, Epicurean Dairy Limited 

Supreme Business Excellence Sponsored by Westpac
Epicurean Dairy Limited


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