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Latesha
Randall

Enthusiastic entrepreneur and co-founder of Raglan Coconut Yoghurt

Let's stop doing 'business as usual' and instead use business as a tool for good.
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Tesh Randall (or Mrs Coconut as she's known in Raglan) is an enthusiastic entrepreneur - starting out in her home kitchen in 2014, Raglan Food Co now supplies over 600 stores around New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the Pacific Islands. She believes that business can be used as a tool for creating positive change and is a woman of many hats (literally & figuratively!), with side projects including writing books, MBTI personality coaching, and being a celebrant. Tesh is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, SheEO activator, and member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. She lives in the beautiful seaside town of Whaingaroa Raglan and loves being an active part of the community.

Co-founder of Raglan Food Co
'Joy in a jar' that's been taking NZ by storm since 2014. Winner of the Gourmet Food Award, Social & Environmental Sustainability Award, and Outstanding Sustainability Champion Award, their ranges of plant-based products including coconut yoghurt & kefir are stocked in supermarkets around the country. Proud to a Certified B Corporation, they support a number of social & environmental initiatives, including the 1 Million Pieces project, encouraging customers to clean-up beaches around New Zealand. Raglan Food Co is the market leader with 52% of the dairy-free yoghurt category, ranked No.23 in the Deloitte Fast50 2019, and they still make everything from their custom-built yoghurt factory in Raglan, employing 30 locals.

In 2020, Latesha was recognised in the Forbes 30 under 30 Food Entrepreneurs Working Towards A Cleaner And Healthier Future and Raglan Food Co were finalists in the Good Food and Social Impactor categories at the Sustainable Business Awards.

Author, Writer, and Editor
A five-year blog project lead to a publishing deal with a US publishing company for Tesh's book, The To-Be List, which has recently been ranged in Whitcoulls stores nationwide in NZ. She has also had several children's books published.
Tesh was the Editor for NZ's largest travel magazine, Arrival, for 8 years until COVID hit. She has also contributed freelance pieces to various newspapers and magazines over the years including Idealog, Good, Green Ideas, Hamilton News, and Travel Digest.

Edmund Hillary Fellow
Tesh was accepted into Cohort 4 of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, and is proud to be representing New Zealand in this international collective of entrepreneurs and change-makers. Currently Tesh is working on giving Fellows opportunities to speak to Kiwi kids in schools around the country, and pairing interested schools with inspiring speakers.

MBTI coach
A natural curiosity for how the mind works lead Tesh to become certified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner. She has made her knowledge of personality types part of the work & leadership culture at Raglan Food Co and enjoys sharing these insights with others who are leading teams.

Previous experience
Tesh had a unique upbringing with never attending school, and finishing her homeschooling studies (7th form equivalent) at age 16, then beginning work full-time without attending University. Her varied career experiences include working in event management, insurance, accounting, radio, digital, and start-ups. Before starting Raglan Food Co, Tesh ran a digital agency working with ethical & sustainably-focused brands. She has studied in her spare time to achieve certificates in Editing & Proofreading, Business Management, and Children's Book Writing, and she's also a certified Celebrant.

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