Dedicated to supplying the best quality fruit for over 25 years, Golden Bay Fruit comes from multi-generation growers who gathered together to create a sustainable business for future generations.
Today Golden Bay Fruit is home to over 750 hectares of apple orchards and over 100 hectares of kiwifruit, led by experienced and passionate people.
Meet Our Growers
Kerry’s sons Heath and Rhys, continue to build on the family’s wealth of experience, tireless work ethic and entrepreneurial mindset. Guided by these core values they have grown Birdhurst Limited into a unique, world class operation with 260 hectares of intensive dwarf apple orchards (averaging 3,000 trees per hectare) and 67 hectares of Zespri Gold kiwifruit orchards.
Heath and Rhys are committed to retaining the family values to create a sustainable business for future generations.
Now under the direction of Evan and Scott Heywood, the company grows 80 hectares of apples and 30 hectares of kiwifruit, spread from the alluvial river soils of the Riwaka and Motueka valleys to the Hau stones of Motueka, and the clay of the Moutere hills.
Following a brief stint as an owner and operator of a bulldozer, Ashton returned to the family orchard to take the reins from his father. Ashton and wife Anna worked to grow the family operation and today, their eldest son Donovan carries on the tradition of growing premium fruit and building on the 62 hectares of sustainable orchard business.
Both Ashton and Donovan share the core values of honest hard work, integrity and the importance of family. For them it was a natural decision to join Golden Bay Fruit and bring a new approach to exporting premium fruit.
In 1975, he bought his first orchard, which has steadily grown to 29 hectares of high-quality apples. For the last 40 years, Don has ridden the fruit industry roller-coaster but remained unshaken in the belief that if you grow premium quality fruit, there is always a living to be made.
Following the demise of single desk selling, Don found it difficult to find an exporter who would market his fruit at reasonable costs. But in Golden Bay Fruit, he has found an organisation transparent in its approach to marketing the fruit and the costs incurred, doing everything to maximise returns to growers. Don was attracted by the collegiality and commitment of Golden Bay Fruit which represent similar values to his own.
In the early 1980s, Keith’s father David decided to supplement the tobacco crop with kiwifruit. Keith planted his first apples in 1989 and has since developed three hectares of kiwifruit and eight hectares of apples.
Keith opted to join Golden Bay Fruit from day one. His decision was based on an appreciation that it is a family operated business that takes a fresh and energetic approach to growing and marketing their fruit.
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We know this is a big decision and needs to be made with all your questions answered. That’s why we’d like to show you what Golden Bay Fruit can bring to the table. We believe we have a lot to offer – and together we can achieve great things.