Lolly lovers anguishing over the decision to move the production of pineapple lumps to Australia can relax.
The alternative, and original version, will still be produced in Oamaru.
“Pineapple Chunks” have been made at the current site of Rainbow Confectionary in Oamaru since 1953 to the same recipe Charles Diver developed for “Pineapple Chunks” under the Regina brand. Containing real pineapple juice, Rainbow manufactured “Pineapple Chunks” are widely available in supermarkets nationwide.
Rainbow Confectionery is the largest manufacturer of pineapple confectionery (known as “Chunks”, “Pieces” or “Bites”) in New Zealand, with product sold under Regina, Awesome Value, Rainbow and Private Label brands.
The company currently employs nearly 80 permanent staff, increasing to approximately 120 during seasonal periods. It has recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion of its Oamaru factory, demonstrating a commitment to producing Kiwi made treats for New Zealanders to enjoy.
With a product portfolio comprising gummies and jelly lollies (e.g. party mixes, planes), marshmallow products including Easter Eggs and choc fish, it is also the only New Zealand manufacturer of Jelly Beans.
Rainbow Confectionery is proudly New Zealand owned and believes in the importance of offering New Zealanders locally made confectionery. The company plans to continue making great tasting confectionery in Oamaru for many years to come.
I understand the importance of trade and the danger buy-local campaigns can pose to that.
But I admire the entrepreneurial spirit of the people behind the business and the role they play as a significant employer in North Otago.
And while I don’t eat a lot of sweets, when I do I’ll be supporting the local business.