Turners & Growers


Turners & Growers International is New Zealand's largest exporter of fresh horticultural products.

A large element of the international operation is our ENZA branded pipfruit, but this side of our business is grounded by the strong heritage of Turners & Growers export activity.

Virtually all exports of New Zealand fresh fruit and vegetables have been advanced by the various discoveries and achievements of Turners & Growers. We were the first to:

  • coin the name "kiwifruit" in 1959
  • introduce palletisation in the kiwifruit industry 
  • develop pre-cooling techniques for Kiwifruit and other products
  • airfreight fruit from NZ to China 
  • export onions in crates (revolutionising bulk shipping) 
  • charter a complete aircraft to transport kiwifruit
  • successfully palletise all airfreight consignments 
  • receive the coveted Governor General’s Export Award (1985) for horticultural exporting

And we were first to export:

  • NZ onions to Japan, Europe and North America 
  • NZ strawberries to all major markets
  • NZ buttercup squash to Japan
  • NZ stonefruit to all major markets