The snacksperts have spoken – Air New Zealand reveals its newest onboard snacks

The snacksperts have spoken – Air New Zealand reveals its newest onboard snacks

Chocolate-dipped pretzels and almonds, tangy lemon meringue-coated popcorn and crunchy dried cheese will be coming to a plane near you, as Air New Zealand reveals its newest snack selection! 

 The airline has been on the hunt for the most mouth-watering treats to satisfy customers’ cravings at 33,000 feet, with 400 passionate suppliers from around the country bringing their creations to the table.

Last month it put out a call for a group of snacksperts to help it make the final decision and five out of a staggering 9000 applicants were chosen as taste testers, with their feedback helping narrow down the list.

The 14 chosen suppliers and their snacks hail from regions around the country, from Canterbury, Nelson, Hawke’s Bay to the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

  • Earlier this year Air New Zealand launched the Great Kiwi Snack Off – a nationwide search for the tastiest onboard snacks.
  • 400 snack suppliers expressed their interest in having their snacks onboard.
  • Five foodies or “snacksperts” weighed in on their favorites.
  • Now, Air New Zealand reveals exactly what 14 new and tasty snacks will feature onboard over the next year.

“Throughout this whole process, we’ve been amazed by the quality and calibre of suppliers, whether they’re a social enterprise wanting to help a worthy cause, or a family-run business trying to highlight the best local produce – we’ve been extremely impressed and making a decision hasn’t been easy,” says Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty.

“We want to give our customers a fantastic experience from the moment they are welcomed aboard our aircraft, and that includes having a variety of snacks to satisfy sweet tooths and savory lovers alike.”

The new snacks will be rolled out on a variety of different domestic and international routes, across various cabins, with the first snack, Skinny Dipped Almonds and nut and chocolate blends, due to land on domestic flights in December.

These will be mixed in with some of the airline’s existing snacks that customers have said they enjoy.

“Customer feedback has also told us that there are some existing snack options that are really popular and loved, so we’ve also decided to keep them onboard for the next few years. The beloved cookie isn’t going anywhere, though customers can expect to see them mix up their flavors from later next year, whether it’s pavlova or “chocolate fish n chip”, there will be plenty of choice for customers onboard.”

Crisps are also staying on, so customers will have a huge range of tasty treats to choose over the coming months and years.

“We know just how passionate New Zealanders are about all things snacks, so we’ve really tried to mix it up with some unusual flavors and textures – from freeze dried cheese to lemon, white chocolate and popcorn flavor combinations, we wanted to be a bit playful with some of the snack options.”

“We’re really excited by the snacks we’ve selected, and we hope our customers love them as much as we do!

Apart from bursting with flavour, the snacks that have been chosen had to meet key requirements, for example, options that can be served without heating and are easy and light to transport.

“There’s been a huge amount of work behind the scenes, and we want to thank all the suppliers from around the country who were part of our EOI process.”

Air New Zealand’s new onboard snacks: 

  1. Dipped almonds and nut and chocolate blends.
  2. Pea puffs real cheese
  3. Choc wafers and trail Mix
  4. Salt & vinegar chips
  5. Lemon meringue pie and feijoa cider gourmet popcorn treats
  6. Milk chocolate coated pretzels
  7. Oat-baked squares in choc chip, chocolate brownie, raspberry white chocolate and salted caramel flavours
  8. Rich chocolate treat
  9. White choc coated ginger biscuit
  10. Cinnamon glazed macadamias
  11. Original butter cookie or choc chip
  12. Crunchy cheese
  13. Primal bar
  14. Corn puffs churro or bang bang chicken flavour


Air New Zealand’s classics to stay onboard (but possibly with a twist!)

  1. CookieTime Cookie (in classic chocolate chip, but with pavlova, lollie cake, “chocolate fish n chip” flavours also in the pipeline)
  2. Fudge
  3. Crisps (Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt, Marlborough Sea Salt flavours)
  4. Bliss bites

Latest News

  • Destinations

Malolo Island Resort Fiji launches its own resort app

Guests at the Malolo Island Resort can now get a better experience even before they arrive with the resort’s newly launched mobile app. Guests are encouraged to download and use the app ahead of their stay to build their itinerary. They can check-in prior to their arrival and make dinner and spa reservations all from […]

  • Tour Operators

France on foot holiday savings

Walking up a steep incline may be painful, but it is all worth it when you see that incredible view.

  • Cruise

Seabourn introduces enhanced groups programs for travel advisors

Leading ultra-luxury cruising and expedition travel company, Seabourne, proudly announces the “Seabourn Enhanced Groups Program” to elevate business prospects for travel advisors. This program introduces a revamped Tour Conductor Credit that offers shipboard credits or bonus commission for bookings. It also eliminates the need for deposits for small group allotments and increases group capacity. “Seabourn […]

  • Cruise

Ponant’s latest luxury cruise expeditions for 2024 and 2025

Head out to see the beauty of unique destinations on three bucket-list explorations of Australia with Ponant Cruise’s new luxury expeditions. Known for their luxury cruises, Ponant offers unique and truly exceptional sea voyage aboard sleek and intimately sized cruise yachts. They offer a range of discovery expeditions, and launched new cruises that take guests […]

  • Aviation
  • News

Christine O’Reilly to replace Peter Hay as chair of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation

Christine O’Reilly has been named as the new chair of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) – the owner of Melbourne and Launceston Airports. According to a release, O’Reilly will replace Peter Hay on 1 October, who retires after five years as Chair of APAC. APAC CEO Lorie Argus said O’Reilly’s appointment comes at an exciting […]

  • Tourism

The number one thing you can’t forget if you’re going to Europe & The Olympics

As the Summer Olympics in Paris draws near, travel insurance comparison site Compare the Market is urging travellers to safeguard their European summer sports dreams by getting travel insurance for when the unexpected happens. While France seems like a decently safe country to visit, it’s crucial not to overlook the potential risks that could disrupt a holiday. From bed […]