Our CHEESY Culture
What started as a cheese filled night in Central Otago with some delicious Pinot Noir has now turned into a fully fledged company here in Aotearoa, New Zealand! We don’t want to make cheese, we want to eat it - and we want to eat it with our friends. That’s how Cheese Cartel came to life - a few company founders eating cheese together and looking for a way to support small-scale farmers and artisan producers while hanging out together, celebrating food and embracing our love of cheese!
Check the cheesy bios below:
Anna runs a crowdfunding platform by day (and night) but her true passion has always been cheese. Her obsession is well known amongst her friends and twitter followers, but it grew to a whole new level over a few glasses of nice Central Otago red with some of her close friends: Lani, Silvia, and Hugh. When, over a few glasses of wine, they managed to buy the .com for Cheese Cartel, the jokes about starting a monthly cheese subscription box turned into a reality.
Anna loves the idea of starting a business around one of her loves, with a group of friends she loves.
Lani is a social entrepreneur, a professional philanthropist, a runner and a vegan. Wait. What? That’s right, a vegan starting a cheese company! Why? Because Lani believes we need to tell a different story about our farmers & our food - a story about sustainable and compassionate farming, and a story of the true cost and effort required to produce the kai we all enjoy.
Lani will be in charge of our “surprise” cheese box items, so stay tuned for some delicious, unexpected treats!
Hugh is the founder of the social enterprise Thankyou Payroll & a man who loves cheese, dogs and posing.
When a bunch of arse kicking mucho talented women decide to voltron up next to you and they offer you some coattail riding glory - you say yes please and thank you. And also cheese? Are you kidding me?
Jade can’t really cook, but she can put together a pretty impressive cheeseboard...
“I love cheese, I love these cheese-loving humans, and I especially love the concept of supporting local artisan cheese-makers, sharing their craft with a wider audience of cheese-lovers across Aotearoa, NZ and hopefully one day, the world!”
And why? In all honesty... It’s a simple, smart, scalable social venture that truly has the potential to create social impact, this is what initially attracted me to the ‘Cheese Cartel’.
With dutch and swiss blood Silvia had no choice but to love cheese from the moment she was born. Never willing to accept things on face value she recently hiked up the Swiss Alps to go live above some cows for a month and truly learn the art of Swiss Cheese making. She has had wild dreams of being in a cartel, but has realised she is actually too scared. So setting up a cheese cartel in Aotearoa seems like a perfect solution.
Silvia is keen as to connect with local farmers and producers - to learn, understand, support and connect!