Summer internship funding allowed Begin Distilling to progress research and development to further minimise waste from their distillery.

Summer internship funding allowed Begin Distilling to progress research and development to further minimise waste from their award-winning distillery.

Tash Kui-Snowball completed her third year of studies towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and then made a beeline back to New Plymouth, where she had worked the previous Summer on an innovative ‘gin beer’ product development project

This summer Tash conducted experiments with a range of brewing methods to find a way to produce a high-quality alcohol base from product ‘seconds’ that are currently discarded as waste from a Taranaki food producer.

10 weeks of Tash’s internship were funded by a Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience internship grant. LA Alexander Trust, noting Tash’s contribution to our emerging Food & Beverage sector, stepped in to also support her internship, providing funding for a further five weeks. Tash says “Callaghan and LA Alexander Trust both helped so much towards my internship, allowing me to do extremely interesting project work. This allowed me to further the knowledge I have in the industry, which will allow me to open up new pathways in the future”.

Jo James, owner of Begin Distilling, said “without both the Summer Student program and the longer internship, Begin Distilling would not have had the opportunity to explore paths which have ultimately led to sustainable and zero waste solutions.”


Photo: Jo James, Begin Distilling