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Principal Conference Partner

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  • AVOCO™

As principal sponsor, we take great delight in welcoming you to the 5th New Zealand and Australian Avocado Growers' Conference in Tauranga.

AVOCO™ is an exciting hybrid company created by the two leaders in avocado exports from New Zealand: Primor Produce Ltd and Southern Produce Ltd.

Formerly very competitive international rivals, we have recognised that the interests of the New Zealand avocado industry and its growers are best served by a unified entity. Together as AVOCO™, we now account for about 70% of the export market for avocados to leading supermarket chains and distributors in Australia. This move is the final piece in the marketing jigsaw that marries all markets under a collaborative model for Primor Produce and Southern Produce.

Growers in Southern Produce’s Team Avocado network are now working with Primor Produce’s growers under this vibrant new coalition that shares one ambition – to maximise our combined expertise to make New Zealand avocados a truly global nutritional food phenomenon. We are committed to getting the best returns for our loyal growers through providing outstanding product, information and service to our customers worldwide.

The formation of AVOCO™ marks a real turning point for the avocado export industry in New Zealand and its ability to increase our global relevance.

Given our understanding of the industry and commitment to work alongside our ever-expanding grower network to further its international success, we are the natural choice as principal sponsor of this conference.

Gold Sponsors

  • Horticentre Trust
  • Horticentre Trust
  • The New Zealand Horticentre Trust was established in 2008 with the objective of providing 'a helping hand for horticulture'.

    The Trust encourages Horticulture and Viticulture sector groups to apply for grants to assist them in the promotion of education, training, research, health, emergency and disaster relief in New Zealand.

    The New Zealand Horticentre Trust has two principal sponsors, Horticentre and Tasman Crop. These two principal sponsors have been providing quality products and services to horticulture and viticulture since the 1980's.

    The New Zealand Horticentre Trust is proud to be supporting Horticulture and Viticulture in New Zealand.

Silver Sponsors

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  • Ballance Agri-Nutrients
  • Website: www.ballance.co.nz
  • Ballance is a New Zealand farmer owned co-operative that aims to help its customers to improve profitability and to maintain a sustainable business. From our core business of fertiliser manufacturing and supply, we have grown to offer farmers and growers a full suite of science-backed nutrient products and services. We cover the country, with specialist horticultural representatives located in the main growing areas offering nutrient advice tailored to individual soil and crop requirements.

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  • Just Avocados Ltd
  • Website: www.justavocados.co.nz
  • “We’re all about Avo’s…”

    Just Avocados is a fully integrated company specialised in the avocado sector with activities that span growing operations, orchard leasing and management, harvesting, packing and marketing.

    With a dedicated avocado packhouse and office located at Katikati in the heart of New Zealand’s avocado capital, Just Avocados is perfectly positioned to provide both growers and customers alike with a “one stop shop”, seamlessly delivering avocados from the orchard to the retail shelf.

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  • Murray Bros
  • Murray Bros is a Brisbane based merchant operating within the Brisbane Market for a period of 88 years.

    Gary Poole had been with the company for 21 years and selling Avocados for that entire period. He was Managing Director for the last 11 years, with Stephen Edwards assuming this role in 2010. Similarly, Paul Schramm has been involved in the marketing of Avocados for 20 years. The combination of Paul and Gary make Murray Bros the most experienced Avocado Team in Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Moraitis
  • Website: www.moraitis.com.au
  • Established over 55 years ago, today Moraitis is Australia’s largest integrated fruit and vegetable business.

    Operating a grower-aggregator business model on a national basis, Moraitis provides the finest fresh produce through all seasons and from all supply sources, adding significant value throughout the process with its know-how and substantial packaging infrastructure, providing a balanced supply of farm-direct and metro-packed products to our customer base.

    Learn more about Moraitis visit www.moraitis.com.au or YouTube/MoraitisTV

Ballance is a New Zealand farmer owned co-operative that aims to help its customers to improve profitability and to maintain a sustainable business.
From our core business of fertiliser manufacturing and supply, we have grown to offer farmers and growers a full suite of science-backed nutrient products and services.
We cover the country, with specialist horticultural representatives located in the main growing areas offering nutrient advice tailored to individual soil and crop requirements.

  • The Avolution
  • The Avolution
  • Website: www.theavolution.com.au
  • The Avolution currently markets avocados for over 65 growers across Australia.  We are grower owned and focused.  Australia's premium avocado grower pack houses have joined forces to supply the Australian market 52 weeks a year, marketing to supermarkets, food service and wholesalers.  We can market your fruit if you pack your own or talk to you aboout packing your fruit in on of our sheds.  Find out how we can help your avocado bottom line grow.

Conference Dinner & Wine Sponsor

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  • Freshmax NZ Ltd
  • Website: www.freshmax.co.nz
  • Freshmax = People passionate about produce
    Avocados are a key product for Freshmax and fit well with today's ever increasing demand for healthy and convenient eating. As marketers both locally and globally, we are passionate about seeing New Zealand fulfil its potential as a producer of some of the best avocados in the world. We are excited to enhance our connections and talk new growth opportunities at this conference.      

Bronze Sponsors

  • Carter Holty Harvey Packaging
  • Carter Holt Harvey Packaging
  • Website: www.cchpackaging.co.nz
  • Carter Holt Harvey Packaging is proud to support the 2013 New Zealand & Australian Avocado Grower’s Conference. Carter Holt Harvey Packaging is the leading supplier of innovative packaging solutions to New Zealand’s export horticultural sector. We work closely with our customers to ensure that our packaging delivers your fruit to market in the best possible condition.

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  • Collinson & Co
  • Website: www.collinsonfx.com
  • Collinson Forex provides a complete range of foreign exchange services globally. By working closely with clients establishing personal relationships we hope to understand their business requirements and thus develop effective FX strategies. To keep our clients up to date with exchange rates, market developments and future events that may impact the market we provide a daily market commentary and complete rate updates that we can email or fax to you.

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  • Pole to Pole Fresh Ltd
  • Website: www.poletopole.co.nz
  • An independent avocado sales and marketing company. A vertically integrated business offering avocado growers a full service including; picking, packing, sales, marketing and distribution. Low overhead costs mean you get paid fast and paid well. Call us today to discuss your avocado sales. Thanks from the Pole to Pole Team

  • Plant and Food Research Ltd
  • Plant & Food Research
  • Website: www.plantandfood.co.nz
  • Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based science company providing research and development that adds value to fruit, vegetable, crop and food products. With 900 people based across New Zealand, as well as in the USA and Australia, our science supports the growth of the plant and marine-based food industries.

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  • Fresh Direct Limited
  • Website: www.freshdirect.co.nz
  • JP Exports (International markets) and Fresh Direct (NZ domestic market) are innovative marketers & distributors of fresh avocados. Owned and operated by J&P Turner Ltd, we offer market diversity, reliability and superior personal service.Have a chat with Chris Frost (+6421981384) Northland or Glyn Williams (+64212766081) Bay of Plenty and see if our marketing difference works for you.

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  • Seeka Fresh
  • Website: www.seeka.co.nz
  • Benefit from a boutique service that cares for your business. From helping you grow high-yielding crops, to efficient post harvest facilities and a full marketing programme to Australian retail and wholesale, the premium Japanese market and New Zealand retail, Seeka and the SeekaFresh brand will grow your avocado returns.

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