1 Canterbury blackcurrants make a surprise appearance alongside jalapeños smoked for three days and wood-roasted tomatoes in the Glasseye Creek Pretty Hot Meat Sauce (RRP $12.99), a new addition to the Glasseye Creek range. It’s hot enough to make you notice, but not so hot it hurts. glasseyecreek.co.nz

2 We’ve got our summer parties, BBQs, nibbles and cheeseboards sorted – any time, in fact, that just cries out for great crackers for all those scooping, dipping, dunking and topping situations. Cherchi Sardinian Parchment Crackers come in four flavours of crispy, wafer-thin deliciousness – oregano, onion, charcoal and olive oil. $10.50 for 100g from Sabato. sabato.co.nz

3 Just proving that sometimes it takes more to make less, Sawmill have pulled out all of their brewing tricks to make Sawmill Bare Beer, a non- alcoholic but surprisingly flavourful pale ale. Citrus, pine, tropical hoppy characters and a crisp, lightly malty finish mean our beer fridge will be bursting all summer long. 24 x 330ml bottles for $60. sawmillbrewery.co.nz


4 Already a fan of the yoghurt, now we’re going bonkers for Raglan Food Company’s Vegan Aioli and Vegan Mayo. Tons of taste, and nothing you don’t want. $30 for 4 x 350g jars. raglanfoodco.com

5 The malty and caramelly flavours of Niue Honey come from the last significant stock of clean honeybees in the world, situated in the tropical forests of Niue. The colony also supplies strong healthy queens to help repopulate colonies around the globe. The proceeds from the sale of the honey help fund a bee sanctuary. $29.99 for a 385g hip flask bottle. Niuehoney.co

6 Chocolate, of course. Pretzels, yum. Toffee, now you’re talking up a tizz about Tony’s Chocolonely Dark Milk Pretzel Toffee 42%. Tony’s Chocolonely aims to make chocolate 100% slavery free and has dedicated its efforts to raise awareness about the inequality in the chocolate industry. RRP $7.99. tonyschocolonely.com

7 No passing fad, the health benefits of apple cider vinegar have been in the folklore for generations. CoralTree Organics Apple Cider Vinegar comes from the best tree-ripened apples and it’s crafted like a fine wine, matured in oak barrels to develop the depth of flavour. 2 x 750ml bottles for $32.80. coraltreeorganics.com

8 When a huge hailstorm ripped through Nelson last year it turned whole orchards-full of export-quality Fuji apples to mush. Instead of giving it up as stock feed, Tutū made cider. Just perfect for the beach, park or a festival this summer of rain, hail or shine. RRP $23.99 for a six pack. tutucider.co.nz