OUR JOURNEY

1883

Edward Turner arrives in New Zealand from England and establishes a fruit and flower shop in Auckland, New Zealand.

1890

Edward buys land for an orchard at Huia, near the mouth of the Manukau, Auckland’s west coast harbour.

1897

Edward enters a brief partnership with two men as a fruit importer and auctioneer. The Turners & Growers journey begins.

1906

The business moves to the new city markets in Customs Street West on the Viaduct Basin. By now, Turners is the leading fruit auctioneer in Auckland.

1917

The business is renamed E. Turners & Sons.

1921

Turners & Growers Limited is incorporated after the Turners family decide to offer a proportion of shares to their suppliers. There are 207 supplier shareholders initially.

1939

Turners & Growers Proprietary Ltd is formed in Australia.

1951

Fruit Distributors Ltd is formed with government and private enterprise directors to be the sole importer of citrus fruit, bananas and pineapples in to New Zealand.

1958

Turners & Growers now has affiliate companies in 13 major towns throughout New Zealand’s North Island.

1959

Turners & Growers proposes Kiwifruit as the new name for Chinese gooseberries. The company exports one of the first ship-board refrigerated containers of fruit.

1993

The Auckland markets moves to Mt Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand. Turners & Growers Fresh Ltd. Is split into 3 divisions: Pacific (Imports), Markets (domestic produce & distribution) and Exports.

1995

Tony Gibbs of GPG is elected chairman. As a mandarin orchardist, he is the first grower to assume the post.

1997

The old Auckland market site at the Viaduct Basin is sold.

2002

ENZA begins commercial plantings of proprietary apple variety JAZZ™ around the world.

2003

Turners & Growers and ENZA merge their complementary businesses to create a produce marketer of global significance.

2004

Turners & Growers Ltd becomes formally listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZSX).

2005

Turners & Growers enters a joint venture with Inglis Horticulture to form one of New Zealand’s largest orchards of new apple varieties.

2007

Turners and Growers purchases Kapiro Orchards becoming one of the largest kiwifruit growers in New Zealand.

2007

Turners and Growers buys a majority share of Delica.

2008

Turners and Growers purchases Kerifresh and becomes New Zealand’s largest citrus grower.

2008

Turners begins sale of ENZA Kiwifruit in Asia.

2009

Turners begins selling the exclusive ENZARed Kiwi.

2010

Turners and Growers and ENZA form a joint venture with Wakatu Incorporation to create New Zealand’s largest ENVY™ apple orchards.

2010

Turners and Growers and Delica invest in a asparagus joint venture with Boyd’s Asparagus.

2010

ENZAFoods launches FreshFields Brand and Retail Brands Fresh Hitz.

2010

Turners Transport expands into the South Island.

2012

ENZAFOODS celebrates 50 years in business.

2012

German company BayWa, which has global investments across the building, energy and agriculture sectors, purchases 72.5 percent of Turners & Growers.

2013

T&G acquire 100% of produce exporter, Delica.

2014

T&G acquired Apollo Apples.

2014

T&G open an office in China to support the rapid growth of its business in Asia.

2014

T&G launched a refreshed corporate brand, signaling a positive change and new direction for the company.

2015

T&G rebrands international subsidiary business Delica Limited to T&G Global and the company forms an exclusive sales and distribution partnership with All Good Fairtrade for organic bananas.

2016

T&G signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Zespri to market kiwifruit in South East Asia and sells its crate business (FCC) to focus on its core business.

2017

T&G celebrates 120 years fresh around the globe and increases its reach with greater shareholdings in WorldWide Fruit and Oppy.