Home' Hospitality Business : HB SPT 2016 Contents The most artisan of delectable experiences, Petal Cupcakes, has
made its way to the North Shore with a new shop in Takapuna.
Opening its doors in early August at 106 Hurstmere Road, the highly
anticipated cupcake store is open seven days a week.
Petal Takapuna’s sister store on Teed Street, Newmarket has
been selling the beautifully baked treats to nearby shoppers, office
workers and residents since its opening in 2010, as well as fulfilling
nationwide orders on its website.
After noticing so many North Shore orders coming through the
site, the team at Petal realised there was a verified craving for their
cupcakes across the Harbour Bridge.
“North Shore customers love our cupcakes, but delivery is a
bit pricier from Newmarket, and it can take a while to get there,
especially in peak traffic” says Sally Gibson, owner of Petal
Cupcakes. “And that is not ideal when all you want to do is satisfy a
sweet tooth!” So the hunt for an additional shop space began.
Sally quickly identified Takapuna’s thriving hub as the ideal new
location, with its mixture of residents and businesses. The talented
team of bakers at Petal currently whip up over 1300 cupcakes per
day for everyday cupcake lovers as well as corporate customers
who gift them to event guests, or just employ them to sweeten up a
Monday morning meeting.
“Balsamic Strawberry, Hazelnut & Chocolate, Lemon Tart and
Hawkes Bay Peach are just a few of the many unique Kiwi flavours
we have on offer,” says Sally. “With 18 scrumptious choices there’s
something to satisfy every palate, but we can also create bespoke
flavours and business colours if you are looking for a branded
batch.” Petal also offers gluten-free options; Salted Caramel and
Double Chocolate are available daily, or customers can call ahead to
pre-order a specific combination.
Coffee and cupcake
favourite now on
the North Shore
made from plants, instead of oil-based plastic. The product used to
line their EcoCups is a BioPlastic called Ingeo, derived from naturally
occurring plant sugar. Instead of using non-renewable resources, such
as oil, the EcoCup is made up of long molecular chains of the polymer
polylactide, known as PLA, which are derived from annually renewable
Ecoware acknowledges that a lot of its cups do end up in landfill, due
to the current commercial waste infrastructure however, through the
use of Ingeo its EcoCup emits up to 75 per cent less greenhouse gas
emissions than the standard oil-based cup lining during the production
process, or ‘pre life’.
The company has been at the forefront of education and industry
initiatives to find a long-term solution to the takeaway coffee cup
problem. The solution is in composting, and ensuring that packaging
products are compostable.
Ecoware was recently involved in a nationwide study commissioned by
the Packaging Forum to identify how many composting facilities existed
in New Zealand, how many of these facilities accepted the EcoCup, and
how many facilities were working towards accepting the EcoCup.
The research identified that the country has 98 composting
facilities. Currently, 12 of these facilities will accept the EcoCup,
while an additional 13 composting plants are working towards
accepting EcoCups, which will allow takeaway coffee cups to be
regenerated into soil.
In looking at the results of the research, Kim Renshaw from Beyond
the Bin said: “we know that reusable coffee cups are the best option,
but beyond that PLA-lined compostable coffee cups are the next best
option. We can’t expect councils or commercial waste companies to
develop infrastructure to collect compostable coffee cups in public
places until economies of scale kick in. The more retailers who switch
to compostable, the more likely we’ll be to end up with a public-place
“PLA-lined coffee cups would break down readily in most of New
Zealand’s windrow composting facilities without additional processes.
This is good news because NZ has 98 commercial composting facilities
that could potentially process this kind of waste and turn it into soil.”
Lyn Mayes, Manager of the Packaging Forum’s Public Place Recycling
Scheme said: “Ecoware is a founding member of the Public Place
Recycling Scheme which sets out to make sure packaging consumed
in public places does not end up as rubbish or, worse, litter. We actively
promote composting solutions alongside recycling and that’s why we
commissioned the survey to identify available resources.”
For Ecoware Director, James Calver, “issues like this have been
gaining momentum for decades and they won’t just fix themselves
overnight. It’s going to take time, but the positive news is that there
are more environmentally friendly alternatives out there and we
believe with time, we can reduce the impact food packaging is having
on our environment.”
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