Jason Daughtrey – operations manager, chef, waka-ama paddler.
Hayley Green – factory manager, mother.
Nathan Fa’avae – owner, father, adventurer.
Cameron Lawes – owner, father, barrister, ultra-runner, mountaineer.
Gilbert Robertson – owner, father, accountant, hunter.
Made in NZ
It’s the Kiwi way. We’re a bunch of Kiwi’s who wanted better food whilst out on our trips, our holidays and recreation. We figured our free time is precious and we wanted our escapades to be as good as they could be, and eating decent food is a big part of that, without having to carry insanely massive packs. We wanted to travel light but our problem was that the freeze dried food on the market was practically inedible. We reckoned we could do better than what was on the market so we started a company.
Real Meals was born, and 100% New Zealand made. It’s widely accepted that NASA made freeze dried food technology famous to feed their astronauts in space, and we won’t argue about that, but the Maori and Polynesians have been drying food for thousands of years long before a rocket scientist got excited about it. Founding owner, Nathan Fa’avae is half Samoan, it’s his ancestors and the Maori people of Aotearoa that made drying food not only a survival tool for epic ocean voyaging, but they made it an art form so that they could enjoy food out of season, or preserve food at one end of the country to be enjoyed at the other. Their drying skills meant they took meat, birds and fruit to sea and over land, which provided them the nutrition and energy to sail and paddle thousands of kilometres throughout the Pacific ocean, and traverse the volcanoes, plains and alps of New Zealand. The Maori took things even further using bull kelp to craft air tight bags to store their dried food in. How incredible is that! Hundreds of years ago with only basic tools, the Maori dried food and carried it around in air tight bags, the Pōhā bags they made could store their dried food for up to three years.
The Great Outdoors is a New Zealand way of life. About one third of our country is a national park, most people live close to accessible adventure opportunities, people love to go tramping, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, take part in snow sports and enjoy the mountains., and beyond.
That’s why the team at Real Meals are passionate about what we do, making tasty food to enhance people’s experiences, we want people to enjoy their outdoor trips so much they can’t wait to plan another one and get out there.
It’s all about quality for us, that’s why we’re so careful about sourcing our meats and vegetables, and only cook with ingredients that meet our high standards. If it’s not good enough for us, it’s not good enough for you.
Every good business solves a problem, at Real Meals, as outdoor adventurers ourselves, we were disappointed with the quality of Freeze Dried Meals available not only in New Zealand, but throughout the whole world. So we decided to solve that, by creating the tastiest, all natural, most real meals possible.
I’ve lived, worked and raced in some of the remotest, wildest places on the planet. To survive, I need superior nutrition and quality food, Real Meals have been designed for the environments I’m in and the challenges I face, they’re enjoyable to eat and packed with energy.