Poaka Unveils State-of-the-Art MPI Approved Micro Abattoir
Poaka has officially opened its state-of-the-art Micro Abattoir. This innovative facility, recently approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), is set to revolutionize the way pork is processed on a small scale, ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare and product quality.
Poaka’s Micro Abattoir is a testament to our commitment to sustainability and ethical animal handling. This Micro Abattoir facility has been designed to cater to the growing demand for locally sourced, premium-quality meat products while maintaining the highest standards of animal welfare and levels of sustainability.
Unlike traditional large-scale abattoirs, the Poaka Micro Abattoir focuses on small-batch processing of our beautiful free range pigs. This approach allows for more personalized care of the animals, significantly lower stress and better quality control.
Poaka’s commitment to excellence has been recognized by the Ministry for Primary Industries, which recently granted its approval for operations. This endorsement highlights the facility’s adherence to the highest food safety and industry standards.
Our Micro Abattoir places a strong emphasis on traceability and provenance. Each animal can be traced back to the specific paddock where the animal was raised, ensuring and absolute guarantee of provenance. When you buy a product from Poaka you can be 100% confidant that the free range pork was grown on our farm, processed by us and used to produce our products. How many other producers can make that claim!
Poaka are now a truly full circle farm to table producer.
Country of Origin Labelling is finally here!
We have had a lot of requests for our free range pork leaf lard to be rendered down and sold in jars. Well we have done it! We now have our beautiful, free range, heritage breed leaf lard in glass jars ready to use.
Do you really know what you are eating and where it comes from?
Poaka wins the 2019 Cuisine Artisan Award!
Our free range, pasture raised, acorn and sweet chestnut, organically farmed Coppa was judged the best product out of a group of 19 amazing finalists at the 2019 Cuisine Artisan Award. Its a real Honour to be recognised for all the hard work we do to bring the best sustainably, organically, ethically farmed pork products to New Zealand.
Poaka features on iconic Country Calendar Show!
We had the opportunity to share the whole Poaka story on TVNZ’s Country Calendar show in July. If you haven’t already watched the show, you can watch the whole episode on youtube and see how we free range farm our heritage breed pigs and make our salumi and charcuterie products
We are absolutely thrilled to be named runner up in the 2018 Cuisine Artisan Award! It’s a huge recognition for all the hard work we put into our farm, animals and products. Thank you NZ food awards and Cuisine Magazine. You can read the story here
Country of origin food labeling bill passes third reading!
It’s a little known fact that over 85 percent of the pork used in bacon and ham sold in New Zealand comes from overseas countries, and 95 percent of that’s from countries with worse animal welfare standards than New Zealand! This new Country of origin food labeling allows the New Zealand consumer to know exactly where the pork used to make the bacon and ham really came from. Of course all our products use only pork bred and farmed in Canterbury, New Zealand by us!
Poaka features in Stuff
Stuff reporters came out to the Poaka farm to have a look at our free range heritage breed pigs and butchery. They published a really nice article with a great video on what we are doing which you can read about it here on the stuff website
Poaka Named as a Finalist in the 2018 New Zealand Food Awards!
Our whole and sliced Finocchiona salami is a finalist in the 2018 New Zealand Food Awards!