CHIA Wins NZ Functional Beverage of the Year


Nelson-based healthy drink business CHIA has been recognised by international company Frost & Sullivan as a top beverage producer in New Zealand.

CHIA founder Chloe Van Dyke was thrilled to be the recipient of the Functional Beverage Company of the Year Award for 2015, which recognised outstanding performances within companies.

"It was really nice to be acknowledged," said Van Dyke.

The award comes as her company expands internationally. She recently started exporting to Singapore, and has just sent her first shipments to Australia and South Korea.

"We are trialing the cafe and market scene in Australia and we will see what the feedback on the market is like," she said.

Being recognised by international companies has helped Van Dyke grow her business beyond New Zealand.

"There is definitely interest coming from a few other places [overseas], It's great to have the experience now of taking the brand into export markets," she said.