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When Alvin and Tricia Watson took over Orcona Chillis ‘n Peppers in 2014, they already knew and loved the products, as well as the lifestyle and location of the property, and they looked forward to doing something completely different from their interest in growing hydroponic lettuces.
he business started in 2000 and produced a range of 12 different chilli varieties for sale to local restaurants, retailers and through Orcona's stand at the Hawke’s Bay Farmer’s Market. The plants are grown in 2,500 square metres of greenhouses at Pakowhai in Hawke’s Bay. Since 2005, the Orcona brand has grown to encompass an expanding range of 100% pure chilli-based relishes, sauces, pastes, and dried chilli products. All products are produced in Orcona's commercial kitchen, with no added bulking agents, preservatives,
artificial colouring or flavouring, and they are gluten, wheat, and dairy free. They range in flavour from sweet and mild to medium or extreme, designed to suit almost every palate and every occasion. Orcona is the only New Zealand producers of Smoked Paprika Flakes, which is produced in a special process using manuka wood, a renewable native timber with aromatic properties, which produces superb flavours. Buying the business was to be a change of pace and a step towards retirement for self-employed plumber Alvin, with Tricia taking a back seat The Watson family Group: Scott, Oscar, Tricia, Alvin, Lucas and Kristie
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