New Zealand’s Tutu Cider Launches in U.S.

Tutu Hard Cider bottle

Nelson, New Zealand – Developed from a secret family recipe using native Fuji apples and crafted in the ancient Maori lands, Tutu Cider makes its debut in California. Kono, New Zealand’s leading indigenous beverage and food producer, is proud to bring their latest craft to the American beverage market.

“Having already garnered an excellent national and international reputation for our Kono, Tohu, and Aronui wines, we knew that we had the skill and knowledge to present a unique offering to a growing segment of the beverage market,” commented Dan Taylor, Export Sales Manager, Kono NZ.

The name Tutu comes from a Maori colloquial term for being cheeky and mischievous, fitting for the younger, sprightlier sibling of the Kono beverage family.

At 5% ABV, this gluten-free, delicious single varietal hard cider is crafted using the company’s very own Fuji apples, sun ripened on their ancestral lands in Nelson at the top of the South Island. From the planting of the trees, to the final bottling of the cider, the Kono team carefully crafts each step of the process, to provide a cider that offers a fresh, crisp fruit bouquet.

Tutu SRP is $6.99-$7.49 and is imported to the United States by Total Beverage Solution.

About Kono Wines:

A kono is a basket woven out of harake (New Zealand flax) and was traditionally used by Maori to serve food. Using the word ‘kono’ represents our desire to provide New Zealand food and beverages to the world whilst being guided by our Maori values of: Manaakitanga (Hospitality), Kaitiakitanga (Custodianship), Rangatiratanga (Integrity), and Whanaungatanga (Relationships).

Employing 500 staff, farming over 530 hectares of land and sea, and exporting to over 25 countries, we harvest, produce, and market the very best seafood, wine, cider, apples, pears, kiwifruit, hops, and natural fruit bars, using sustainable methods to conserve and our lands for future generations.

About Total Beverage Solution:

Founded in 2002, Total Beverage Solution is a fast-growing, fully integrated importer and supplier with a highly selective portfolio of wine, beer and premium spirits. TBS is a five-time Beverage Industry Top 100 company.