The GoodBugs Story


GoodBugs was excited to be featured on TV1's Rural Delivery program. Find out a little bit more about use in this 7min video. You can see their whole article on our blog 

Creating Change

The team at GoodBugs has always believed that the health of both families and individuals can be changed for the better, through education and understanding.

That’s why we went about creating a company that gives people the chance to change the conversation around health and the things they eat - all through raising awareness about how healthful, and delicious, artisanal fermented food can be.

As we began to engage with people’s health journeys, we learned that some are looking for support to begin making health changes, while others are passionate about investing in their family’s wellbeing.

Crucially, we also found that while quite a few people know they could improve their gut health with fermented food, many weren’t sure where to start.

That’s why at GoodBugs, we’re working every day to build a new kind of food culture in New Zealand: one that has room for mouthwatering, health-supporting fermented foods in every meal, every day.

Meet Marea and Daniel

Hi, we are Marea and Daniel Verry. Marea was the main face of GoodBugs until Dec 2022 when Daniel officially retired and joined GoodBugs team.

Marea is a self-styled health advocate being interested in fermentation and nutrient dense food since early 2000's.

Together we are raising four amazing children, aged 8 -14, who attend our local kura. We maintain a 50 m2 organic permacultured urban garden, modelled on the Koanga Institute methods and we currently have five hens. In our spare time we like getting into the outdoors with the children and making time for memories away in our 9m campervan.

After teaching a class about making pesto from all the wild and wonderful herbs and greens found in the garden, Marea experimented with fermenting pesto and it became a firm favourite because of it superior taste, shelf life and nutritional properties.

She saw potential in producing fermented pesto commercially and being the market leader. Sauerkraut and Kimchi were soon added to the line up  which now includes over 20 different options and 6 award winning products. GoodBugs was established in 2017 and started out at the Hamilton Farmers Market. We are now available online and in selected local specialty stores and cafes. GoodBugs are leading the way bringing new and innovative fermented products to market.