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PHOTO: SUPPLIED Former US entrepreneur Andrew Martin, who made a name selling snack food in the 1980s, is selling his 700-acre organic farm and fruit orchard in the Hawke’s Bay.

A former US entrepreneur who made a fortune from cheese popcorn is selling his ‘bolthole’ in Hawke’s Bay after owning it for 20 years.

Andrew Martin, who founded Smartfood Inc and Annies Homegrown Inc in the 1980s with former wife Ann Withey, has his 700-acre organic farm, orchard and nature preserve on the market.

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He bought Tauroa Station in Havelock North about 1999 after making a mark in the US snack food industry with cheese popcorn from his wife’s homegrown recipe.

An article in the New York Times in December 1993, A Macaroni Company with Homespun Appeal, said Martin and Ann Withey started a food business, Smartfood Inc, using her homegrown recipe pioneering the use of powdered white cheddar for making the cheese popcorn snack.


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