Emily Miazga has made a habit of coming first. As an endurance athlete she won the Coast to Coast threetimes. Now her Buller-based business, Em’s Power Cookies, has become the first to get commercially produced hemp protein cookies on the market in New Zealand with supermarket chain Countdown stocking her products nation-wide.
Emily, a Buller District Councillor and graduate of the DWC Leadership & Governance Programme, is passionate about her brand of wholesome tasty energy snacks made from her personal recipes.
“Growing up I loved making healthy and energising cookies that I needed as a sporty kid. I used to bake them for friends, teachers, and later on my colleagues when I became a dietitian. They would always say my cookies were so good I should sell them!”
Emily says.In 2004, Emily shifted to New Zealand from Canadato race the Coast to Coast. She discovered her cookies worked perfectly for the gruelling event. This inspired Emily to combine her nutrition and sports expertise and share her ‘Power Cookies’ with the world.
In the untamed natural wilderness of the West Coast, she found the perfect base for both her lifestyle andbusiness. She runs her cookie wholesaler company from an office at Westport’s Epic Centre.
About two years ago, Emily caught wind that hemp food legislation was in the works, so she wasted no time getting into the kitchen and started developing her product in anticipation. She had always wanted to makea protein cookie, but she did not want to use dairy or soy if possible. As a qualified nutritionist, she calls hemp “nature’s powerfully nutritious superfood.”
When legislative changes were finally made in November, Emily was ready to hit the ground running, and now her hemp protein cookies grace the shelves of around 200 Countdown stores across the country.
To keep up with the ever-increasing demand for her products, Emily approached DWC for assistance.
“DWC’s support has been a game changer for me.They have given me confidence to execute my businesss trategy because they believe in what I am doing.This is really important because being in business can be challenging, so the objective and knowledgeable expertise they offer is invaluable,” she says.
Em’s Power Cookies was a finalist in the 2018 DWC Leading Light Business Excellence Awards, and Emily has been a regular guest speaker at DWC’s Co.Starters Business Start-up and Development Programme in Westport, sharing her insights and experience with budding entrepreneurs.
To learn more about Em’s nutritious and delicious power cookies and bars visit: powercookies.com