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Comvita

The Comvita story began in Paengaroa nearly 40 years ago, with Claude Stratford selling bee products from his home. Comvita today is one of New Zealand’s leading producers and exporters of natural health and skin care products based on natural ingredients including Manuka Honey, Propolis, Broccoli Extract, Olive Leaf Extract and Omega 3. Manufacturing, packaging and warehousing a diverse range of health and wellness products on a custom-built site in the Western Bay of Plenty, Comvita has expanded operations to include a visitor education centre and a cafe. The centre also serves as a retail outlet to showcase products and a training centre for Comvita employees. Comvita has a strong focus on balancing lifestyle and family values. The unique semi-rural environment provides Comvita with the best of both worlds – a pristine area in which to live and work, and an easy commute to the major business centres of Auckland and Wellington when required. As most of Comvita’s business is conducted with international customers, they also enjoy good access to the Port of Tauranga and Tauranga Airport.

Brett Hewlett discusses how the Tauranga area resonates with Comvita’s values, makes exporting easy, and assists in attracting and retaining employees.