We work alongside a range of growers, from large corporates to small, privately-owned orchards, and treat everyone equally. By working together, we ensure our orchard management, picking, packing, cool storage and logistics processes are as streamlined and efficient as possible.
We work hard to pack and ship your fruit in optimal condition, and pride ourselves on helping avocado growers achieve top orchard gate returns (OGR). We believe open and transparent communication is vital to success, and we encourage our growers and staff to voice their opinions and give feedback wherever possible to help improve our performance.
At Trevelyan’s your fruit will be cared for in state-of-the-art facilities and you can expect our dedicated team to provide you with knowledgeable advice and professional services.
We strive to be industry leaders and innovators – and to be as open and honest as possible.
We operate a single-site facility with five packhouses and 39 coolstores. Thanks to the growth in our avocado and kiwifruit divisions,
we have been able to invest for the future in new infrastructure and systems technology, to ensure we are staying ahead of the game in this ever-changing and growing industry.
We believe it is always important to ask ourselves, ‘how can we do better?’ Our commitment to continuous improvement has resulted in improved efficiencies, as well as increased social, economic and environmental sustainability. We call this Big Little Wins – small changes that add up to make a big difference for our growers, our staff, our business partners and the world in which we all work.
New Zealand’s avocado industry is poised to grow significantly in the coming years. We look forward to helping our growers enjoy a successful and prosperous future.
JAMES TREVELYAN – MANAGING DIRECTOR
STEPHEN BUTLER – GENERAL MANAGER
Performance Highlights 2020
Trevelyan’s Trays packed
What started off looking like a very challenging season due to COVID-19 and shipping challenges, in the end proved to be the most lucrative season for New Zealand’s avocado industry in its history. Growers received fantastic value for their fruit from both the export and local markets.
In last year’s packing agreement I asked the question, ‘will South America enter the Australian market?’ It did end up happening, and Chile supplied Australia through much of the season. However, the market coped and possibly needed that volume to keep up with demand. Our own exports to Asia reduced as Australia took everything we could supply them.
In the end we packed 13,876 bins and 798,392 trays of which 495,295 were for export. The fruit size of growers supplying fruit to Trevelyan’s was 2.3 count sizes larger than the industry, which ensured our growers received a considerably higher OGR as the return on large fruit was around five times more than the smallest fruit.
Looking ahead at this coming season, it looks like it will have its challenges. The Australian market is likely to be well-supplied by their own growers and shipping disruption continues. Can our own domestic market continue its stunning run of great returns? If we do face lower returns this year, hopefully it will mean we can reach more consumers and have more willing buyers of our product.
We are looking at our heaviest crop ever at Trevelyan’s and should pack over 1 million trays of avocados (approximately 650,000 will be for export). This will be a significant challenge for our contractors to get the crop harvested.
Once again, we value your business and look forward to working with you this season.
Daniel Birnie – Avocado Manager
Our Place, People and Operation
“What sets us apart is our commitment to work smart by embracing innovation and quality, respecting our people by fostering strong partnerships, and treading lightly by looking after our natural resources.”
Five export packhouses and 39 coolstores featuring modern technology are situated on the largest single-site avocado and kiwifruit packing operation in New Zealand.
Established in 1971, our site is spread over 20ha and includes extensive covered canopies to allow us to load out product in all weather conditions.
Trevelyan’s packs avocados for around 230 growers, from the Coromandel to the East Cape, including Hawke’s Bay and Motiti Island. We pack 12 months of the year to supply export and domestic markets.
Trevelyan’s employs approximately 170 permanent staff.
We experience low staff turnover and are proud to have many long-serving employees. As a family owned and operated business, a supportive company culture is important to us – a value we attribute to our high number of long-standing employees and low staff turnover.
Trevelyan’s unique single site means all senior management are ‘hands on’ and are available to assist operations staff or their teams from the same location.
Our management philosophy focuses on increasing value through every aspect of our business.
Staff achieve this by using tools and improvement groups to understand their problems, then they solve them in a structured way, creating a loop of continuous improvement.
We are passionately committed to sustainable business practices and encourage our staff to consider the economic, social and environmental aspects of their work.
This approach encourages staff to continuously improve and implement new ideas.
We have introduced these initiatives to the benefit of our growers, staff, customers, the wider community and our environment.
Health & Safety
Trevelyan’s goal of having a safe and healthy work environment is well embedded in our culture.
The systems and processes we have in place ensure that the business, workers, contractors and visitors alike understand their responsibilities and play a vital role in delivering a healthy and safe workplace.
Initiatives and improvements continue to be led by our senior management team, monitored by our health and safety management team and the health and safety committee, to ensure employee involvement throughout.
Our avocados are marketed and exported through AVOCO™ – a partnership company that is the largest exporter of avocados from New Zealand. The formation of AVOCO™ is designed to ensure a long-term sustainable future for the avocado industry, with higher returns and a focus on new market development. Trevelyan’s growers will be able to export through either Primor or Southern Produce Limited (the two members of AVOCO™ ).
AVOCO™ brings back maximum value for growers from the marketplace. Ron Bailey sits on the AVOCO™ grower relationship committee and can be contacted on 07 573 7098 for any discussion.
AVANZA Ltd is a joint venture marketing company by the AVOCO™ partners to market fruit into a number of other valuable Pacific Rim markets, including Australia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, US and China.
- All export growers must be Global GAP certified, either through the AVOCO™ food safety programme, or through NZ GAP directly. The cost of this is to be borne by the grower. Growers must provide a grower declaration of food safety that meets the New Zealand Avocado Industry Council Food Safety Programme.
- All growers must have a PPIN assigned. All growers must be compliant to all food safety requirements at all times.
- If a grower becomes non-compliant they will go through the grower sanction process.
- Trevelyan’s GAP team will assist new growers and existing growers with the compliance programme, its contents and explain how to meet the programme requirements to maintain compliance.
- All growers need to be registered with MPI for the Food Act.
Trevelyan’s packs avocados for the local market allyear round, which are then marketed and distributed under the BayFarms Ltd’s brand. The sale of fruit on the domestic market is an important component of overall grower returns.
- A copy of BayFarms Ltd’s conditions of trade are included under the conditions and charges section.
- BayFarms operates a fortnightly local market pool system based on the date of packing.
- To enable all proceeds and costs to be collected, the net proceeds are paid to the grower in one payment approximately six weeks after the pool is closed.
- Trevelyan’s will maximise value for the grower for all grades of fruit (Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Processing) by using a variety of marketing channels.
|PACK PERIOD||1-15 SEPT||16-30 SEPT|
|Payment date (approx.)||31 Oct||15 Nov|
Getting To Know Us
Avocado Shed Committee
Chair, Te Puke
We are pleased to be able to offer a high level of technical support for our growers. Within our avocado team we have the experience, expertise and passion to assist you in producing large crops of good quality fruit.
- Fertiliser recommendations based on soil and leaf reports
- Fortnightly Technical Tips covering off recent AvoGreen results, orchard tasks and harvest information
- Regular field days and discussion groups
- Planting plans and budgets for new development blocks
- Orchard management options
- AvoGreen monitoring service
- Comparative reports
- Dry matter testing
- Quarterly newsletters
AvoGreen® Pest Monitoring
Trevelyan’s has an in-house team of AvoGreen monitors who are accredited with New Zealand Avocado to carry out pest monitoring on your orchard. AvoGreen uses the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an internationally recognised approach, to ensure pesticides are only used when needed. All growers must be AvoGreen compliant for their crop to be exported.
Trevelyan’s Managed Orchards is a division of Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd. We can provide growers with a comprehensive range of on orchard services, plus expert advice to help maximise productivity and minimise the stress involved in orchard management. This includes all on-orchard operations, budgeting, administration and assistance for compliance requirements. There are many options, from partial to full orchard management.
Trevelyan’s has an avocado tree nursery that has been successfully operating since 2017. We grow approximately 3,500 trees per season for supply to our growers.
These trees are accredited to the New Zealand Avocado high health scheme.
|New Zealand Avocado Grower Registration||$150 + GST early bird rate, $300 + GST thereafter. Complete online.||Pre-harvest
New Zealand Avocado
phone 07 571 6147
|Contract with Exporter||Fill in online.||Pre-harvest|
|Maturity Clearance||If picking prior to 1 Oct (to be confirmed).
Packhouse sample: x 10 fruit.
Independent sample: x 20 fruit.
|Valid Growsafe Certificate||All sprays must be applied by a Growsafe-registered operator.||Pre-harvest|
|Spray Diary||It is the grower’s responsibility to ensure their spray diary is updated after every spray.
Valid for 14 days from date of verification. Please ensure spray diary is current prior to harvest commencing.
|Pre-harvest and update every 14 days when harvesting continuously|
|Grower Food Safety Declaration||Complete copy attached and provide to Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd.||Pre-harvest|
|Residue Testing||Depending on market requirements and chemicals applied, a pre harvest residue test may be required to be provided to Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd.||Pre-harvest|
|Trevelyan’s Agreement||Complete copy attached and provide to Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd.||Pre-harvest|
|Trevelyan’s AvoGreen Contract||Complete copy attached and provide to Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd (if monitored by Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd).||Pre-harvest|
|Map of Orchard||Please confirm map of orchard and any changes.||Pre-harvest|
|Gap Audit||Please call Trevelyan’s to arrange an audit||Pre-harvest|
|Thailand Agreement||Complete online at New Zealand Avocado website.||Annually|
|China Agreement||Complete online at New Zealand Avocado website.||Annually|
Trevelyan’s will manage the harvest, working with the exporter and grower to match exporter requirements (the flowplan into the market place), and to minimise onshore timelines. Growers should liaise directly with Trevelyan’s as to when fruit can be harvested. In terms of harvest, the grower takes responsibility for meeting all exporter, Trevelyan’s and industry clearance to pick requirements including (but not limited to), AvoGreen, spray diary compliance, GAP audits, residue testing and maturity requirements.
Ultimately the grower takes responsibility for fruit quality in the market and the decision to harvest, as per Export Marketing Strategy (EMS) requirements. The grower (and/or harvest contractor) undertakes to always communicate with Trevelyan’s regarding their harvest. Harvest decisions must be communicated with your grower services rep and/or our harvest coordinator.
Our role is to impartially manage the harvest, collectively and on behalf of all our growers, according to the EMS and exporter requirements and direction. Trevelyan’s meets the EMS requirements and we follow best practice. We encourage all our growers to do the same. Our performance is continuously monitored by New Zealand Avocado and AVOCO™, and reviewed by the Trevelyan’s Avocado Shed Committee.
Trevelyan’s will inform growers and assist you in achieving your requirements for harvest. Where necessary, we will inform you about exporter changes during the season that affect your harvest.
Growers can pick their own fruit or Trevelyan’s can arrange a contractor to pick.
Bin Supply & Cards
Our traceability system begins in the orchard, with bin cards attached to each and every bin of fruit with the following information recorded: Orchard grower number, maturity area, block and harvest date. This ensures fruit can be easily traced back through our supply chain if necessary.
Please staple the bin cards provided to the right-hand corner of the field bin with all details completed.
Orchard Map & Maturity Sampling
Trevelyan’s will generate a map of your orchard. All fruit supplied for both export and local market will require an independent pass prior to harvest, until such time as New Zealand Avocado issue a blanket clearance.
Clearance to Pick
Growers must not pick without a current clearance to pick. Prior to picking, please confirm with the packhouse that all documentation is in place and maturity requirements have been met.
The full list of export requirements is set out under export requirement above.
A clearance to pick must be issued prior to picking and has to be re-issued every 14 days.
It is the grower’s responsibility to ensure their spray diary is updated with 14 days of each spray application. It is also the grower’s responsibility to make sure all withholding periods are adhered to, and that fruit, when harvested, meets all food safety requirements. The grower accepts accountability that the information inputted into their diary is correct, including information inputted by a third party and/ or a previous owner.
Growers agree that residue tests completed for the exporter by a third party will be shared with New Zealand Avocado.
Fruit needs to be delivered daily to Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd to ensure fruit can be cooled before packing. We have on-site security/forklift drivers who will be available to unload your bins until 8pm, or later if pre-arranged.
Delivery of bins from orchard to packhouse can be arranged through Trevelyan’s. Brett Hutchings runs H2 Contracting and can be contacted on 0274 946 655.
Trevelyan’s is not liable in the event your avocados are damaged as a result of hail, wind, frost, disease or any other event prior to picking or delivery to the packhouse.
From the time the fruit is received into the packhouse to the time of loadout, the fruit will be subject to the food safety and quality systems of the packhouse. When fruit arrives in the packhouse a bin receipt form will be filled in by a packhouse representative as a record of all fruit received.
The total number of bins tipped is checked against the total number of bins received on site.
Orchard Health & Safety
As part of this contract, Trevelyan’s need to ensure that as a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) all growers are aware of their responsibility for ensuring that they have a Health & Safety Policy in place, demonstrating their commitment to health and safety on their orchard. This policy should be reviewed, as a minimum, on an annual basis. Advice is available from a number of reputable health and safety consultancies.
Please do not disregard the importance of this document.
PCBUs are also made aware of their responsibilities for ensuring that all contractors and visitors are booked on and off their orchards, and are made aware of the sites hazards, their locations and how they are currently mitigated. These hazard and risk registers must be updated as hazards and risks are identified and amended when the hazard has been eliminated.
The health and safety of each orchard is firmly the PCBU’s responsibility.
We water blast all our avocados to remove any debris or surface deposits, to help them be pest free. This process enables us to provide the best quality avocados to market in a clean, healthy state for the consumer.
Packing for Export
The grower and Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd agree to comply with the EMS, and both parties will be registered with New Zealand Avocado as per the EMS requirements.
Where the terms of this proposal conflict with those of the EMS, the terms of the EMS will prevail.
Library trays will be collected for each PPIN and analysed in accordance with the EMS and Quality Manual.
The loss of return for the fruit provided for library trays is to be borne by the grower.
Results will be emailed out to you by New Zealand Avocado.
Growers must provide consent to the packer and exporter when access to the library tray data pertaining to their PPIN is required for the customer.
Growers give Trevelyan’s permission to access library tray data.
Payment for export trays is made direct to the grower from the exporter. See the exporter proposals for details of cash flow and pooling arrangements.
Payment for BayFarms Ltd local market trays is via a fortnightly pool system based on the date of packing.
The net proceeds are paid to the grower by BayFarms Ltd approximately six weeks after the pool is closed and settled.
BayFarms’ oil payments will be divided into two pools over the season – one from the start of the season to December and one from January until the end of that season’s fruit (approximately July). Payment will be made when reconciliation is completed.
Growers give Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd consent to access OGR information from the exporter for reporting purposes.
Risk & Insurance
The exporter will carry insurance cover from the time fruit leaves the coolstore until arrival in the marketplace.
Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd has Bailees Liability insurance cover while fruit is in our care to cover any loss or damage to fruit through negligence.
Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd will not be liable for any loss of, or damage to, the grower’s fruit except liability caused by any negligent act or omission by Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd.
Table 1 shows our packing charges, which are based on the number of bins picked on any one day. The packing charges are an all-inclusive price of packing, packaging and cool storage.
Export packing charges will be paid to the packhouse by the exporters as a deduction from grower returns. The grower will be charged at the base rate ($5.75), and the volume discount will be rebated at the end of the export season. Any change to the pack mix will be reconciled by the exporter.
|BINS PICKED IN ONE DAY|
|Export trays supplied||21+ BINS||10-20 BINS||1-9 BINS|
|10,000 – 14,999||$4.47||$5.02||$5.75|
|5,00 – 9,999||$4.58||$5.12||$5.75|
|0 – 4,999||$4.69||$5.24||$5.75|
New packing rates for export and local market will apply from the first day of export packing.
New rates for AvoGreen monitoring will apply from 1 November.
Local Market Packing
Packing charge is $4.90 per 5.5kg SLT equivalent (includes packing, packaging and cool storage). Freight to market will be charged at cost recovery.
Fruit supplied for processing will incur a charge of $0.03 per kg.
|Less than 50 trees||$40|
Plus mileage at $0.95 per km (charged one way from Trevelyan’s to the orchard).
$9 + GST per bin
$185 + GST minimum charge in Te Puke
$220 + GST past Bell Rd or Paengaroa Roundabout
For areas past Tauranga Harbour Bridge and Pikowai, a rate will be negotiated.
AvoGreen monitoring will be charged according to how many trees are to be monitored on the property (as shown in table 2), as per New Zealand Avocado AvoGreen requirements.
Conditions of Trade
BayFarms Limited – 2021 Conditions of Trade for Local Market Fruit
By signing an Avocado Packing Agreement with Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Limited, the Grower accepts and agrees it is bound by these Conditions of Trade. Such agreement is for the benefit of, and enforceable by, BayFarms Limited (“BayFarms”) in accordance with the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017.
- The Grower appoints BayFarms as their agent to market and sell the Grower’s domestic grade avocados and process grade avocados to the local market, including via online sales from www.bayfarms. net.nz (“Website”).
- The Grower assigns to BayFarms all proceeds of sale from the Grower’s domestic grade and process grade avocados and authorises BayFarms to receive and pool proceeds from the sale of such avocados as a bare trustee and agent.
- The local market pool operated by BayFarms shall be a fortnightly pool based on the day of packing with net proceeds paid to the Grower approximately 6 weeks after the pool has closed and settled. Oil payments will be divided into two pools spanning the season, with proceeds paid to the Grower when reconciliation is complete.
- The Grower authorises BayFarms to pay on its behalf, by way of deduction from fruit proceeds, the following deductions:
- Direct costs and commissions payable to sales and marketing agents engaged by BayFarms, including in respect of Website sales;
- Premiums on insurances arranged on the Grower’s behalf;
- Freight and any market storage charges;
- Rental and freight charges for hire crates;
- Packing and cool storage charges payable to Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Ltd and other BayFarms’ approved packhouses;
- Any other direct costs necessarily incurred by BayFarms as the Grower’s agent to achieve the sale of the Grower’s domestic grade and process grade avocados;
- A commission payment to BayFarms, calculated as 4% of the proceeds received and pooled from the sale of the Grower’s fruit, net of the deductions outlined at (a) – (c) above, to cover administration and all other services provided by BayFarms.
In the event that proceeds from the sale of the Grower’s avocados are insufficient to cover the deductions outlined at (a) – (f) above, BayFarms will invoice the Grower for such charges and the Grower agrees to pay such charges.
- The return to the Grower by BayFarms from the sale of avocados is to be the net realisation after meeting all direct costs and charges as outlined above. The Grower agrees to accept the amount and timing of payments to the Grower in respect of the sale of the Grower’s avocados to the local market as determined by BayFarms.
- In the event of a Grower pool payment being overpaid, BayFarms is entitled to seek repayment of such monies from the Grower, to be repaid within seven days of invoice.
- Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Limited carries Bailees Liability insurance for the Grower’s crop whilst it is in their care. In all other cases, the Grower’s crop remains at the Grower’s risk and the Grower is responsible for fruit quality and all risk and charges associated with the sale of the Grower’s avocados to the local market, whether direct or via the Website. While BayFarms will take all reasonable care in the marketing and sale of the Grower’s avocados to the local market, BayFarms has no liability to the Grower, whether in contract, tort, negligence or otherwise, for any loss or damage suffered or incurred by the Grower in relation to the sale of the Grower’s domestic and process grade avocados to the local market.