Grower and Supplier Stories
Te Puke based Kiwi Produce has come a long way since Geoff and Nicky Oliver raised their family of four daughters in a small pack house on their orchard 25 years ago. After a further 14 extensions, today their pack house operations is one the country’s most innovative and successful, packing over two million trays equivalent of locally grown fruit a year and employing 60 staff at the peak of the season.
Fifteen years ago former MG Marketing sales representative Roger Geddes asked grower Lance Roper if he could supply a quantity of then uncommon red peeled onions for sale. At the time, the Canterbury onion grower was finding it tough going to make a return on the local market and exports were producing some of their worst ever returns. That invitation was an opportunity Lance grabbed with both hands and subsequently Roper and Son went on to expand the red peeled onion category with great success.