Over 40 years ago Chunky was formulated by three rural Wairarapa lads in the 1970’s – David Topp, Rusty Thomas and Graham Nathan began Wairarapa Farm Meats, their first dog roll was called Topp’s Chunky.
The business grew, and the convenience of a non-refrigerated dog roll (due to the production process) caught on primarily with farmers and the rural sector. The business moved, and their friend (and local Wairarapa legend) Graham Faulkner began producing Chunky Dog Rolls from Cambridge.
The business continued to do well, and began to offer a wider range of flavours of dog rolls, then in 2007 ‘Faulky’ retired and sold the business to John Taylor and Paul Larkman. Soon after this, the Possyum dog roll was born out of Paul’s input and association with a tinned version of ‘Possyum’. Sadly, Paul passed away in 2017 but the legendary Possyum dog roll continues to grow.
Fond Foods also owns Ranchmans, a business which produces dried bulk dog treats. This was acquired in 2016 and was originally based in Carterton.
Fond Foods moved from Cambridge to Paeroa in Jan 2018, it was a busy time for the team who managed to relocate the entire Cambridge Factory during our programmed Christmas closure. The increase in capacity that this provided has allowed the business to continue to grow and expand.
The Ranchmans plant from Carterton was also relocated to join the main production site in Paeroa during 2019.
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