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Zespri International

Zespri, internationally recognised as the world’s leading Kiwifruit brand, is an integral part of the international kiwifruit industry.

With offices in Europe, Asia and North America, Zespri initially operated the global headquarters from Auckland with a team of over 60 people.

In 2003 Zespri consolidated its New Zealand offices and relocated the head office to Tauranga in order to reduce costs and improve relationships with their grower shareholders. The move provided a greater synergy with postharvest operators, horticultural research facilities, business partners such as Seatrade, and the Port of Tauranga.

Zespri relocated a significant proportion of their workforce to Tauranga and supported employees and their families throughout the move. The relocation from Auckland provided advantages to both employees and the business itself. By reducing the daily commute and enhancing access to community, culture and environment, employees have enjoyed an improved work-life balance. This sits comfortably with the Zespri culture of health and wellness and motivates the teams to continue to create the world’s best kiwifruit.

Lain Jager explains why Tauranga is a great place to do business! - How Zespri’s move to Tauranga has strengthened business relationships and supported employee retention.