Apata Group Limited is a specialist service provider for New Zealand kiwifruit and avocado growers. We harvest, pack and store fruit in our industry leading packhouses and coolstores which are strategically situated in the heart of kiwifruit and avocado growing country, the Bay of Plenty.
We provide a comprehensive range of services specifically for the New Zealand avocado and kiwifruit industries. We provide our growers with expert technical support on all aspects of orchard production, leasing and manage orchards, and are industry leaders in packing and coolstorage.
Apata Group Limited is one of the kiwifruit industry’s largest fully integrated post-harvest operators. Our main facilities are conveniently located in Te Puke and Tauranga, providing our growers the capability and capacity to pack, coolstore and ship their fruit at optimum times.
With over 30 years experience we pride ourself on having industry leading technology, systems and personnel.
Who we are
Apata Group Limited was formally born in November of 2013, after the strategic merger of two longstanding and innovative companies – Aerocool Limited and Apata Limited. With the merger of two like-minded operations, we have evolved and grown as one company whilst retaining the same character, values and ability to produce some of the best fruit in the country. With over 30 years experience we pride ourselves on having industry leading technology, systems and personnel.
At the heart of the way we work is respect for each other, a ‘roll your sleeves up and get stuck in’ attitude and a sense of being part of an extended family. Our directors have all been heavily involved in the industry for most of their careers, some for generations. What we do is in our blood, and we thrive on using our collective experience and passion to make our company the best it can be for our growers, and in the way we look after our people.
Local Maori lore has it that Apata means ‘place of slaves’ – and it can feel that way when we are packing kiwifruit at 3 o’clock on a Sunday morning in the middle of May! That’s when the culture at Apata really kicks in: growers, contractors, permanent and seasonal staff, managers and stakeholders all pull together to make it work. The Apata way is frank, pragmatic and transparent. We do what we say we are going to do. No surprises or hidden agendas. We are all in this together; we support each other to work towards a common goal.
Apata Group Limited has shareholding in Primor Produce who, with Team Avocado, form AVOCO, the largest exporter of avocados in New Zealand. We also have a shareholding in Team Kiwi who, along with three other post harvest facilities, markets class 2 kiwifruit into Australia.