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Turiwiri Produce Ltd is a privately owned company established in Dargaville, New Zealand to wash, pack and market kumara (sweet potato) for the fresh vegetable sector throughout New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

We continually strive to be a great company. Turiwiri Produce Ltd is committed to providing high-quality products and services to our suppliers and distributors. Moreover, our efforts extend beyond providing outstanding products and services to those who need them. Turiwiri Produce Ltd conducts research and participates in a number of initiatives to constantly develop our sector of the industry and to contribute to society. Turiwiri Produce Ltd is implementing a strategy to accelerate growth through innovation, and strengthening organizational and associates' capabilities. Turiwiri Produce Ltd continuously seeks to develop technologies and products that will have a greater impact on workers' safety and productivity.

Company Profile and History

Turiwiri Produce Ltd was started by the current owners Sue and Steven Wood in 1984 and traded under the name of Turiwiri Gardens up to 1995 at which time the business of Turiwiri Produce Ltd was formed to provide a washing, packing and marketing service for a group of 15-20 growers. Washing of kumara was virtually instigated by Woolworth NZ who asked Steven to make and install a wash plant as they wanted to be the first in NZ to promote washed product. Within two years 4-5 groups had set up washing systems and the 90 growers in the Dargaville region were changing from packing their own unwashed product to sending it to a washing facility of their choice. It became obvious to Turiwiri Produce Ltd that rather than wash and pack kumara for 20 people and let them all sell their own produce it would benefit all growers to market under the one brand rather than compete against each other. This would also increase their bargaining powers to secure cheaper transport, packaging costs etc, so the change was made. The operation, from its humble beginning, is now a multimillion dollar business.

The company employes 11 full time employees in the pack house, 9 full time employees in their subsidiary processing plant, 5 in the subsidiary Contracting division and up to 35 additional casual workers during planting and harvesting. The company supplies fresh product throughout New Zealand.

The processed product to date is only marketed throughout New Zealand, solely by Bidvest on our behalf, however negotiations are underway overseas to promote this line.