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Everyone reads The Echo – 10 April, 2024

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

John and Lynne Boland, Goonengerry. 

Twenty-five years ago there was no Byron Bay food movement.

Byron Bay Chilli Company was the first Byron Bay food brand to get registration. Today food products are a vibrant industry across our region.

What began in the Byron Bay hinterland back then is now a global range of chilli sauces, corn chips and salsas made not only here and in NZ but under licence in the UK and South Asia.

Byron Bay Chilli Co has become synonymous with flavour the world over.

At the end of our travels we always come back to our home office in Goonengerry, where it all began and is still based today.

It is true we search the world for the best food ingredients. We’ve never hidden where things are made. We make chips in NZ because it’s a GMO-free country.

We grind NZ corn grown specifically for them. There is no Spanish cornflour in our chips as mistaken in the Echo article, but Spanish sunflower oil because it’s better.

Our business grows every year because we deliver quality foods that provide real alternatives to the internationally owned brands. We are based here, owned here and all the profits stay here.

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  1. Unless there was something earlier, the first food to be branded “Byron” was Norco’s Byron sausage, which I presume was a registered trademark. It was the mild sandwich meat put on our school lunches in the Bay in the fifties and sixties.

  2. John and Lynne Boland’s explanation passes the pub test for me. Byron Shire is not a “brand” it’s a way of life that should meet our core values. According to John and Lynne Boland statement it does for me.


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