We would like to introduce you to Kylie Matthews from Kai Carriers. Kai Carriers are reusable food pouches which one the Munch Award for best kids food product in 2013. Kai Carriers are a brand new product designed in NZ by mum of one Kylie Matthews! They are convenient reusable food pouches that can be used anywhere, any time. Kai Carriers are a cost effective way of feeding your children nutritious homemade food that’s free of any additives or preservatives.
Kylie Matthews from Kai Carriers
“Preparing for motherhood I knew that I wanted to feed my children homemade food free from any additives or preservatives, and I succeeded until my daughter was about 8 months old! Always being on the go I discovered the convenience of the pouch format and found this an easy no mess way of feeding her. I tried to find a reusable pouch I could fill with my own homemade food but was unsuccessful, so after much deliberation decided that I would fill the gap in the market!
Starting a business was by no means easy! Having no business experience (I am a Social Worker) I found myself on a very steep learning curve. Despite the challenges faced the past year has been so much fun and I have learnt so much about business and myself! I truly believe that anything is possible if you have the motivation and determination to achieve whatever it is you put your mind to.
Starting out my business goal was ‘to sell some Kai Carrier (no idea on numbers) through my website and do the odd market’. I had no idea how far from the truth this would be! Once I got the taste for selling my product and interest in them started to generate I had little choice but to aim a bit higher! We now have over 40 stockists throughout NZ and Australia, and are hoping to double this number in 2014. We also have three new products on their way we hope you will love (watch this space!)
Kai Carrier won Best Kids Kitchen Product 2013 in the Munch Awards and we are waiting on the results from the Best in Home Business Awards where we were nominated in the Best New Business category.
I could not have got my business to where it is today without the support of my partner. Darren has been an amazing help whenever he can – packing orders, helping out at markets and shows. I hope that if Kai Carrier continues to grow as it is I will be able to dedicate more time to it and take a break from my Social Work career.
For those of you not familiar with Kai Carrier they are reusable food pouches that can be filled with homemade food so you know exactly what you and your children are eating whilst minimising the mess. They allow you to make nutritious food free of additives, preservatives and excess sugar and serve it in a convenient way, anywhere, anytime.
They are BPA, Phthalate and PVC free, freezable, dishwasher safe and microwavable. Kai Carrier can be used anywhere – in the car, beach, park, camping, fishing, tramping, or even take soup in the larger pouches to work!
I feel very proud that I have taken an idea and made it a reality and Kai Carrier are providing families with a convenient cost effective solution to feeding their kids the foods they want to, and at the same time reducing their carbon footprint.”
We hoped you liked hearing from Kylie Matthews from Kai Carriers and hope to bring you some more interesting profiles soon.
Mummy to three small boys