1923

Established

21, September

Market Gardeners officially registered.

1923

First Auction

11, May

Open for business, the first sale at the Te Aro site.

1944

South Island Expansion

5, September

Christchurch branch opens.

1962

Flower Market Opens

9, July

100 flower growers supported the opening of a separate flower market in Christchurch.

1980

MG Export Company

11, February

Joint Venture to cater to increased export demand.

1984

Marketing Arm extends

3, April

Including Blenheim, Nelson, Westport, Greymouth and Palmerston North branches.

1984

Head Office Moves

2, July

Including Blenheim, Nelson, Westport, Greymouth and Palmerston North branches.

1988

New Trading Name

1, March

Market Gardeners Ltd commences trading as MG Marketing along with a new logo.

1993

New Branches

15, February

Dunedin and Brisbane.

1993

Imports

3, February

MG Commences own imports (away from Fruit Distributors Ltd).

1993

Dole Arrives

4, October

The first shipment of Dole Bananas and Pineapples arrives in Wellington.

1995

Banana Ripening Joint Venture

MG took over management of Chiquita and formed and Joint Venture with Dole to operate all banana ripening room facilities.

1999

New Computer System

2, August

TIMMS system to meet expanding needs.

2001

New Branch

2, July

Hamilton opens.

2002

Sunkist

7, January

Exclusive NZ agency agreement with Sunkist  and boost brand’s market share by 200%.

2005

LaManna Bananas

4, April

100% acquisition.

2009

UFG

4, May

New joint venture with Auckland-based United Flower Auctions Ltd, trading as United Flower Growers Limited.

New CEO Takes the Helm

6, June

Peter Hendry replaces Tom Tracey who was MG’s longest-serving CEO, having headed the company for 23 years.

2012

Exports Expand

21, May

MG’s joint venture with Te Mata Exports offering encouraging prospects.

2014

Together.Stronger®

8, September

The launch of new company communication plan. 

2015

Growing You®”

4, May

The launch of Grower workshops, Director Internship and Graduate programmes.

2016

Australian Merger – LaManna Premier Group

15, February

The merger of MG’s Australian-based the subsidiary, LaManna Group, with Premier Fruits Group resulted in the formation of one of Australia’s leading fresh produce supply chain companies.

2016

IP Business

7, March

MGs purchases a suite of marketing rights and trademarks from Fresh New Zealand for a range of fruit varieties.

2017

UFG acquires FloraMax

31, March

UFG purchases the FloraMax flower auction business from Turners and Growers Fresh Limited.

2017

New Branch

18, September

MG opens in Tauranga.

2017

Chairman Retires

6, November

Brian Gargiulo retires, he served on the Board for 36 years (1981-2017) – 25 as Chairman.

2017

Citrus Shareholding

4, December

MG acquired a 30% shareholding in First Fresh NZ Ltd.

2017

Acquisition of JSEL

18, December

MG acquires JS Ewers Ltd in Nelson.

2018

Dole Partnership

8, April

25-year anniversary of MG Dole relationship.