The opportunity to fill your own containers with nut butter proved to be a huge drawcard.
Forty Thieves owners Shyr and Brent Godfrey were overwhelmed at the numbers who turned up to the Plastic-Free July event at their Silverdale nut butter factory.
On July 31, they turned their factory into a refill station, inviting people to bring containers and fill them with freshly roasted nuts and warm milled nut butter.
A queue steadily grew and throughout the morning around 400-500 people attended. Close to 300 jars of peanut butter were milled, and around 200 of almond butter.
Forty Thieves’ products are readily available in the supermarket, but people were happy to come and get their own, including from the city and North Shore.
One Mairangi Bay customer, a nutritionist, said she came to reuse the glass jars that she prefers to plastic. Another was interested to see where the product is made and meet the owners.
The lure of doughnuts brought in several customers – one said she was also keen to see whether the product tasted different when freshly made.
A raffle to raise money for Starship Hospital raised $4000. Forty Thieves topped that up to $5000.
Shyr said they were completely taken aback with the support, the atmosphere, and the numbers who wanted to refill their containers.
The family, business began selling its range at farmers markets but it is now available nationwide as well as in the USA, China, Taiwan and Singapore.