ABOUT ZANY ZEUS
Where it all began....
Inspired by the way his Cypriot mother Lefki made halloumi cheese, Michael Matsis decided to research the art of cheese making. With a Food Technologist degree under his belt and years of perfecting the art of cheese-making, including installing a VAT machine outside his sister Meropi’s Wellington house, Michael’s dream became a reality in 2000 when he started up his first business Zany Zeus with his sister Meropi.
Initially Michael focused on introducing a traditional Cypriot halloumi cheese to the New Zealand market which was relatively unknown at the time – and it wasn’t long before the awards began rolling in and Zany Zeus cheeses, including halloumi and feta became a well loved and recognised brand in the hospitality industry.
In 2003 Zany Zeus upgraded its processing facility to include a HTST Pasteurisation System complete with homogeniser, separator and bottling plant. Zany Zeus then began to process organic milk under the Zorganic brand.
For the past 20 years the company has supplied cheese, organic milk, cream and cultured products (mascarpone, sour cream, crème fraiche, cream cheese and yoghurt) to hundreds of cafes and restaurants, predominately in the Wellington region.
Following increasing demand from customers wanting to buy retail sized Zany Zeus products (including several door knocking attempts by Zany Zeus fans on the factory door!), Michael and Meropi decided to open their first ever retail store in Moera, Lower Hutt, just up the road from the milk and cheese factory in March 2012.
The entire Zany Zeus cheese range is available to purchase in store including its well-known cultured products – crème fraiche, mascarpone, cream cheese and sour cream; all of which are sold in retail sized packages.
The store is open from 8am to 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday, and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Premium ice cream
But wait, it only gets better!
Zany Zeus now makes its own premium ice cream using fresh organic milk and organic cream, available exclusively in-store. There's a unique range of flavours to try including cookies and cream, monkey poo, Greek yoghurt lemon curd, feijoa, chocolate rough, Ghana chocolate and many more. And if you are in the store on the right day, you can watch through a glass window as our ice cream is made.
For years we have been producing organic milk not only because it tastes like milk should – fresh, sweet, creamy and not over processed – but because there is a huge demand for it from consumers, particularly in the hospitality industry. Our ZORGANIC milk is the preferred milk of many Wellington baristas. Zany Zeus currently supplies organic milk and cream to the wider Wellington region where demand for it has been growing steadily over the years.