9 Feb 2012

Three Maori food and drink brands become one

6:30 am on 9 February 2012

Three leading Maori food and drink brands have been clustered under one name, in a bid to boost exports.

Aotearoa Seafoods, Tohu Wines and Ngatahi Horticulture are now operating as Kono (food basket).

Kono is a division of the Wakatu Incorporation, which is based in Nelson.

Chief executive Keith Palmer says the products' Maori heritage gives the company a unique cultural connection with Asian businesses.

He says switching to a single brand will increase overall sales and help Kono become a premium food supplier.