Since first collaborating with Te Mata Exports as a joint venture export partner in 2012, the company has continued to diversify its product offering and off well-established relationships across all major trading regions.
In 2017, apples remained the key product line and, despite a lower than expected industry volume, the business experienced growth for the year. Returns, while not generally to the level of previous years, were again very encouraging for our grower suppliers.
Our apple business continues to grow year-on-year, but other products in the portfolio are also showing rapid growth, in particular citrus. The business is now trading from New Zealand, Australia and commencing this season, from California. This continues the strategy of linking global opportunities through existing MG suppliers (and others) to Te Mata’s reputable customer base.
The business growth strategy relies on partnering with quality growers and working in their interest to achieve the best possible returns – but it does extend beyond the pure financial benefits of growth and also applies to enhancing our business customer relationships by providing quality supply solutions for an ever-increasing global hunger for fresh fruit.
Avocado and cherries also show promising signs of growth. New opportunities are being explored on a case-by-case basis with the proviso that we deliver on sustainable supplier returns and match with the necessary resource to ensure that the business is transacted to its usual high standards.
MG is excited about the future prospects of this joint venture and look forward to capturing more export opportunities for our grower shareholders and suppliers.