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Thinking outside the lunchbox

Friends, from left, Georgie Ballagh, Rose Church, Bridgette Yarrall, Shania Tunnicliff and Maddy Ryan with their invention. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

A group of friends have invented a way to tackle the scourge of school lunchboxes – brown fruit.

Five business studies students from Marlborough Girls’ College have come up with a plan to stop fruit growing brown.

They hope their special spray will prove to be a big hit with families sick of ditching spoiled produce.

The year 12 friends, Georgie Ballagh, Rose Church, Maddy Ryan, Shania Tunnicliff and Bridgette Yarrall came up with the concept as part of their business studies class.

“We had to come up with something that would fix a problem. We started with food waste and how much waste families throw out and went from there to the spray,” says Shania.

The close-knit group tried and discarded several recipes before finding their final formula for Keep ‘n Fresh.

It was created in the kitchen at the Scenic Circle Hotel in Blenheim to strict hygiene standards.

And it was a long process to find the right one, says Shania.

“It was trial and error between all the different recipes. There was one that worked well but it tasted of honey.

“We didn’t want one that flavoured the food”.

Inventors, from left, Bridget Yarrall, Georgie Ballagh, Rose Church, Shania Tunnicliff and Maddy Ryan. Photo: Paula Hulburt.
Inventors, from left, Bridget Yarrall, Georgie Ballagh, Rose Church, Shania Tunnicliff and Maddy Ryan. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

The spray, which comes in a lunchbox size 5oml for $2.99 and a bigger 100ml bottle for $4.99, has been a steady seller.

But the girls are keen to get the word out.

“It really does work and we were quite surprised that there’s nothing else quite like it that you can already buy,” Maddy says.

The groups CEO, Rose, says the product had piqued public interest.

“When we did our research, we discovered there were lots of people who would be interested in buying it.”

The girls hope to continue selling the spray even after their business studies class has finished.

They hope to be selling it at the Farmers’ Market soon.

“We went to the car boot sale, but it wasn’t really the right target market.

“We need to be somewhere with more families,” says Rose.

Twenty per cent of all sales will be donated to John’s Kitchen in Blenheim.

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