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Aotearoa’s Vegan Cheese Pioneers

Since 2006, the Angel Food team have been striving to make plant-based food mainstream. Starting as a small exporter of vegan products lead by local activist and foodie Alice Shopland, we’ve since grown our own small team to develop and produce dairy-free cheese alternatives right here in Aotearoa.

In 2014, we launched our very own dairy-free mozzarella alternative — the first commercial vegan cheese to be made on New Zealand soil. Today, we have a great range of plant-based and allergy-friendly cheese products suitable for just about any diet.

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We know how important the flavour, texture and comfort of cheese is to most kiwis, so we want to make plant-based diets more accessible by keeping our favourite dishes on the menu. Kiwis across the country are loving it, with our dairy-free cheese now available at hundreds of stores nationwide, and in countless iconic NZ eateries like Hell Pizza, Lord of the Fries and Zambrero.

The impact of our dietary choices is now widely recognised – for human health, the environment, social justice, and for the animals. But making conscious choices doesn’t have to mean missing out on comforts like good cheese. To join us in our mission to make ethical eating easier, pick up a pack of Angel Food dairy-free cheese next time you’re in the supermarket.


Our Team

 
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Alice Shopland - Founder at large

I’ve been vegan since 2004 – that opened my eyes to how animals are treated as commodities, and I felt a responsibility to do something about it!

I founded Angel Food in 2006, with the aim of helping to mainstream veganism (this was a bold call at the time, when vegan was usually pronounced ‘vay-gun’ and it was assumed that it was a phase you should grow out of).

Having a vegan business means that I get to put my beliefs into action every day, and I get to work with a wonderful team of likeminded people.

 
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Colin Woods - Director

I’ve always had a keen interest in social justice and the environment, and I’ve been vegetarian and then vegan for a very long time, so being part of Angel Food makes total sense to me.

As a director of Angel Food I work with Alice to conjure up ambitious future plans and ensure that our actions match our values.

I’m excited about the positive change that we can bring about, by consistently doing the right thing. I'm proud that Angel Food leads by example and is a Living Wage employer.

 
 
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Leonard Mead - General Manager

I joined the Angel Food team in April 2019, bringing my experience in FMCG, foodservice and hospitality, both in retail roles and through food business management. I have an MBA in business management and have started and run my own business as well as working in SMEs and senior corporate roles.

I’m really happy to now bring that knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to Angel Food!

I see people, processes and planning as key to the success of the business, and I am passionate about this happening hand in hand with the high ethics and passion for veganism and its growth that is at the core of Angel Food.

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Immi Paterson - Supply Chain Manager

I’m the Operations Manager at Angel Food. In a nutshell, this means I organise the manufacture of our stock and make sure it gets to all the right places! I’ve been working at Angel Food since 2015 and have enjoyed every minute of it.

It’s amazing working for a vegan company that has strong ethical values in terms of employee happiness as well as its impact on the world.

Angel Food is the pioneer of New Zealand dairy-free and vegan cheese, and I look forward to bringing our customers more delicious, ethical foods in the future!

 
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Pia Alderson - Customer Relationship Manager

I look after all of our fantastic customers, and I get to travel up and down Aotearoa to do this! You’ll see me at most Angel Food events, handing out delicious treats, chatting about veganism, the environment and of course great vegan cooking tips.  

I think it’s important to offer tukino-free kai, and a delicious option to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s really amazing to work for such a wonderful Kiwi-run, living wage organisation, that holds the same core values as me. 

The future of cruelty-free food is exciting; vegan food has become a phenomenon, and it’s great to see Angel Food leading the charge for dairy-free cheese in NZ.

 
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Helen Fletcher - Financial Controller

I am thrilled to be part of a passionate vegan business because my work is now aligned with my ethics. I've always been a fan of Angel Food cheese. Dream job, tick!


My accounting background is varied covering both public practice (auditing) as well as industry in the retail, telco, distribution, and not-for-profit sectors.  I also run my own accountancy business looking after a wide range of small clients.


As Financial Controller I support the team with end-of-month, financial planning and analysis, reporting, and all things finance.  I also bring to Angel Food experience in process improvement, change management, and systems integration.  I'm very excited to be part of the Angel Food story!

 
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Kelsi Heath - NPD manager

My name is Kelsi and I'm the New Product Development Manager at Angel Food. I'm responsible for managing product development from concept through to launch.

I love working for Angel Food because I want everyone to lead a more ethical lifestyle. I hope we can encourage more people to eat vegan by creating delicious dairy alternatives that look and taste just like the real thing, without the ethical and environmental cost. 

 
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morgan Hassan - Food Technologist

I love working for Angel Food because… cheese! I mean seriously, who doesn’t love cheese? One of the most common things I hear when I tell people I am vegan is “how can you give up cheese?

With Angel Food dairy-free products you can get that delicious cheese fix without the guilt, it’s win-win. As a food technologist, I get the fun job of eating cheese all day - for scientific purposes - to bring you only the best!

 
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Ara Marinkovich - Marketing Manager

I’m the Angel Food Marketing Manager. I run our social media pages, create tasty new cheesy vegan recipes, manage our website, and help our product development team decide what to make next!

For me, this is my dream job. I get to share delicious vegan products with people and promote an ethical company that shares my values of making the world a more compassionate place. I get to work with a talented and passionate bunch of people, plus I can eat vegan cheese every day… and I get to bring my dog to work. Yes that’s right, dream job!

 
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Abby McMichael - Office & Sales Administrator

A large part of my role at Angel Food is making sure all our orders are processed efficiently. I make sure our delicious dairy-free cheese gets to to where it needs to be, whether that’s in your next meal at your favourite cafe, or on the shelf at your local supermarket. 

I love seeing the growth in demand for our products as people become more conscious of the environmental and health benefits of a vegan diet, and importantly the impact that food choices can have on improving the wellbeing of the animals we share this planet with. Working on a wide range of assignments means I get to experience so many different aspects of Angel Food, not only as a delicious food brand but also as a fast growing New Zealand business with an enthusiastic and hard working team that are there for all the right reasons.

 

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