New Sweetener used across Wests' Sugar Free Range

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 03:26pm

Hi All,

Over the last few months, we have gradually phased out and replaced the Artificial Sweetener used in our Sugar Free products. Previously using Aspartame, we have reviewed feedback from customers, and subsequently replaced this with Sucralose going forward.

Although it must be clarified that Aspartame is an approved sweetener for use in beverages by New Zealand as well as International Regulatory Agencies, it has carried a negative perception from critics and health groups. As such, we made the decision to replace this ingredient in our Sugar Free products and have replaced it with Sucralose.

Also widely researched as well as internationally approved as safe for human consumption, Sucralose carries less of the negative connotations of Aspartame and has additionally been taken up more and more by food producers as their primary artificial sweetener. Further, it manages to retain its sweetness longer than Aspartame which degrades at a quicker rate over time comparatively.

You can read more about Sucralose at the below link:

Wests' Kombucha

Tuesday 24th January 2017, 11:22pm

Hi All,

Happy to introduce the latest addition to our product range - Wests' Kombucha! Based on an age old method of fermenting tea, Kombucha traces it roots through the centuries to East Asia where it is known for its health benefits. A welcome addition to our already comprehensive 'Light' product range, Wests' Kombucha is a slightly fizzy beverage with no artificial additives whatsoever. We're excited to introduce this to market, and we're sure you'll love it. Free samples are on offer through our Factory Shop on Bay View Road for a limited time, and we are looking to offer for sale shortly for online purchase via our website. Available in handy 1 litre PET Bottles for $7.90.

Swing by, try out a sample and let us know what you think!

Wests' Sponsor Spinal Cord Society of New Zealand

Tuesday 1st November 2016, 08:40pm

Wests are proud to announce our Sponsorship of the great team at Spinal Cord Society of New Zealand during the month of November.

A fantastic group of Dunedin Based Scientists. This non-profit organisation relies on support to continue their work. As such, during November Wests will donate 10 cents from each sale of our Sugar Free Range products made throughout NZ . To find out more about this organisation please see the below link:

To see our Sugar Free Range see here:

Wests' NEW Flavoured Water!

Tuesday 13th September 2016, 08:10pm

Excited to annouce the release of Wests' Flavoured Water Range as part of a collaboration with the Girls at Water Quenchers! Part of the Queens High School Senior Economics Class, they have been busy from the beginning researching and helping us develop our 3 initial flavours. An awesome opportunity to put classroom theory into practice, they are now working on Marketing and Sales to Schools throughout the country with a portion of each sale to go toward their efforts.

Sugar Free with no preserving agents or fizz, they are a refreshing, light & healthy way to hydrate. An exciting addition to our product range, testing in the community confirms our belief in their attraction as an alternative to our regular products.

Currently available in our Factory Shop as well as online for $1.50 / Bottle - Come in to try them out & Give their page a follow to track their progress!

Wests' Liquor Licence Update

Friday 2nd September 2016, 06:08pm

Hi All,

Looking to clarify following today's media articles regarding the outcome of Wests' Liquor License Appeal. We are obviously disappointed in the outcome of the decision, however realistic that after two years it is difficult for a small business to continue an already prolonged legal fight against such well resourced opponents.

This has been an especially stressful period for Alf & Kaye, who have managed to personally juggle hearings and meetings alongside the day-to-day requirements of running the business. They are however extremely grateful for the outpouring of public support received during this time. We have always prided our shop & Wests as a whole on friendly and responsible service, and it was humbling to see the community rally behind us in this fight.

However it is important to note that this case related specifically to our small Factory Shop in Dunedin, NOT Wests' manufacturing & distribution of non-alcoholic beverages. As such, we look forward to continuing our 140 year history of friendly service within the local community. Rest assured, your favourites such as Pineapple & Pear, Cola & Raspberry and Chocolade are safe :)

Thanks again for your amazing support!


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