The Deloitte Fast 50 regional heroes growing our economy

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Four luxury food and drink producers and a bin-maker intent on lifting recycling levels, have done well in Deloitte’s list of the fastest growing manufacturers.

Every year the”Big Four” accounting firm compiles a list of the fastest-growing companies across the country beginning in September by naming regional growth superstars, naming its national winners in November.

Niche manufacturing is key to lifting New Zealand’s exports, and premium food and drink has provided many of the fastest-growing manufacturers and exporters on Deloitte’s regional rankings.

In the deep South, Invercargill’s Blue River Dairy, which specialises in sheep milk, cheese and infant formulas was named both fastest-growing manufacturer and fastest-growing exporter in the lower South Island region

Goodbuzz, the kombucha maker, won topped the manufacturing list in the central North Island.

In the upper North Island, the fastest-growing manufacturer was the Pure Food Company, which is on a mission to provide nutritious meals to older people at home and in care facilities in a bid to end a little-recognised epidemic of malnourishment among older people.

But there are some smart non-food manufacturers breaking through.

The lower North Island’s fastest-growing manufacturer was Method Recycling, which makes sets of colour-coded bins for offices allowing companies to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, while lifting their recycling and composting.

And in the central North Island, trampoline maker Jumpflex was named the fastest-growing exporter.

But New Zealand is also producing a growing number of promising, globally-scaleable technology companies, some of which are already transforming aspects of consumers’ lives.

In the lower North Island Integrated Technologies, whose technology was behind the rise in automated petrol stations was the fastest-growing tech company.

Deloitte private partner Bill Hale said this year’s regional winners showcased business success throughout the country.

“These results clearly demonstrate that there are a diverse range of businesses all across New Zealand that are achieving outstanding growth.

Auckland and Upper North Island winners

Fastest Growing Services Business: Overdose (digital marketing)

Fastest Growing Technology Business: Dovetail (helps organisations measure their social impact)

Fastest Growing Manufacturing Business: The Pure Food Co (food manufacturing)

Fastest Growing Retail or Consumer Products Business: WOOP (delivers meal kits to homes)

Fastest Growing Exporter: Trademonster (cross-border logistics and supply chain operation services)

Rising Star (Winner): Rascal + Friends (luxury nappy maker)

Rising Star (One to watch): Syrene Skincare

Rising Star (One to watch): Whip Around (vehicle fleet inspection)

Central North Island

Fastest Growing Services Business: OneStaff (recruitment)

Fastest Growing Technology Business: AskYourTeam (employee engagement)

Fastest Growing Manufacturing Business: Good Buzz (drinks manufacturer)

Fastest Growing Retail or Consumer Products Business: Raglan Coconut Yoghurt

Fastest Growing Exporter: Jumpflex (trampoline maker)

Fastest Growing Agribusiness: BeeNZ (Manuka honey supplier)

Rising Star (Winner):LawVu (legal software)

Rising Star (One to watch): Addison Clothing

Rising Star (One to watch): MS Civil Construction

Rising Star (One to watch): Real Rad Food

Wellington and Lower North Island

Fastest Growing Services Business: Delivereasy (food delivery)

Fastest Growing Technology Business: Integration Technologies (automated petrol forecourt technology)

Fastest Growing Manufacturing Business: Method Recycling (bin manufacturer)

Fastest Growing Exporter: Integration Technologies

Fastest Growing Agribusiness: Farm IQ (farm management software)

Rising Star (Winner): Nisa (ethical underwear)

Rising Star (One to watch): JRNY (Artificial intelligence)

Christchurch and Upper South Island

Fastest Growing Services Business: Smart Membrane Solutions (Membrane Filtration Specialist)

Fastest Growing Technology Business: Shuttlerock (digital advertising)

Fastest Growing Manufacturing Business: Misty Cove Wines

Fastest Growing Retail or Consumer Products Business: Ethique (women’s beauty)

Fastest Growing Exporter: Misty Cove Wines

Fastest Growing Agribusiness: Wholesale Seeds

Rising Star (Winner): Taska Prosthetics (artificial hand manufacturers)

Rising Star (One to watch): Jeuneora (skincare)

Rising Star (One to watch): Benny’s Barber Shop

Dunedin and Lower South Island

Fastest Growing Services Business: Go Orange (tourism)

Fastest Growing Technology Business: Education Perfect (online education tools for teachers)

Fastest Growing Manufacturing Business: Blue River Dairy (sheep dairy)

Fastest Growing Retail or Consumer Products Business: Night ‘n Day (convenience stores)

Fastest Growing Exporter: Blue River Dairy LP

Rising Star (Winner): First Table (restaurant deals website)

Rising Star (One to watch): United Machinists (machine tooling)