Our story

It all started with the humble backyard feijoa...

Back in 2010 the Wastney family started drying feijoas from their family feijoa orchard in Nelson, looking to send this treasure to friends and family abroad who longed for a taste of home. They had such positive feedback from feijoa lovers that they decided to make these Little Beauties available to everybody who shares the love for this New Zealand icon or those intrigued to discover it.

Next up we started drying New Zealand Gold Kiwifruit slices in our own unique way, followed by whole dried New Zealand Boysenberries – both of which have become enormous hits amongst healthy snackers of young and old. The development of a speciality range, paired with premium chocolate, created an exciting option for special occasions.

Our first drying racks

Ian out on the family orchard


Most recently we’ve welcomed into the Little Beauties range two more super fruits, being New Zealand grown Blueberries and Raspberries – both as delicious as they are nutritious. We use only Soft Plastic Recyclable packaging and wherever possible we’re developing Certified Organic Product options.

Today Little Beauties remains a proud family business, based in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand – on a mission to create joy and surprise through the sharing of something special.

We're a family run business

Born and raised on Rivington Farm in New Zealand’s sunny Nelson, we’re a true family run business – packed with all the kiwi charm! As a family we’re passionate about New Zealand’s iconic fruits and sharing them with the world. We absolutely love seeing the joy on our customers’ faces when they try Little Beauties for the first time.

Ian Wastney

Founder and Feijoa Fanatic

Tristan Wastney

Co-founder & Sales Legend

Rob Simic

CEO and Sustainability Hero

Alexander Wastney

Co-founder and Design Guru

Sylvia Wastney

Quality Control and Recipe Whizz

Meet the rest of the team

The rest of our Little Beauties team! We wrangled in a few extra legends to help us bring our customers the best dried fruit in the business...

Meet the growers

Tasman Bay Berries

Nelson is known for growing great berries which are not only delicious, but are incredibly healthy. Boysenberries hold beneficial properties towards assisting general health with vital nutrients and vitamins. Our boysenberries come from Tasman Berries and are carefully handpicked from their vines.

Thomas Brothers Orchards, Nelson

Thomas Bros is a Family owned orchard and packhouse business based in the sunny Tasman District in New Zealand. They supply Little Beauties with their juicy gold kiwifruit.

Rivington Fruit, Nelson

Rivington Fruit was created by the Little Beauties founder Ian Wastney. With a large orchard of feijoas Rivington Fruit supplies Little Beauties with all of their delicious feijoa fruit.

Our Process

We take pride in crafting unique fruit products that are bursting with goodness. Watch this short video to learn more...

Our little Recipes

Gin and Boysenberry Cocktail
Berry Kiwi bliss balls
Boysenberry Gin Sour
Gold Kiwi FlapJacks

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