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The Supreme Pie is now a Fruit Pie

( In New Zealand we chew through around 75 million pies each year. This year has seen the highest number of entries ever for the NZ Pie Awards, over 4400 entries from more than 380 bakeries.

Congratulations to VIANDS Bakery of KihiKihi and Te Awamutu, for becoming only the second ever entrant to win the coveted supreme award with a FRUIT PIE.

Kathy and Shane Kearns won the Supreme Pie Award with their Spiced Plum Port and Apple Pie. Shane makes the pastry while Kathy creates the filling.

Kathy said the inspiration for the winning pie came in the middle of the night, and when she told her husband she wanted to make a port wine and plum pie, he added “ Yes, plus apple”
When ENZAFOODS phoned Viand Bakery this morning, staff confirmed the apple used in the winning pie was “New Zealand Made, FreshFields Sliced Apple”.

Judge James Buckrell, of BJs Bakery chain in Hastings, said the Kearns’ gourmet fruit pie was a real stand out.

Enzafoods, producers of FreshFields branded products, is delighted with this result. Obviously the Kearns recognise quality ingredients, and to infuse this selection together to achieve such a great result is outstanding. “We couldn’t be happier for the team at Viands”.

With New Zealand’s appetite for pies, it would be great to see a revival in the once traditional Apple Pie.

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