Southern Packers Limited grades, packs and exports onions to the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia and also supplies the local market, here in New Zealand. The company is based in Washdyke, Timaru in South Canterbury. The company also packs potatoes for export.
Southern Packers Ltd was formed in 1999 when a group of local growers and exporters purchased the existing packhouse, built in 1998, from Alpine Fresh. The main reason for forming the company was to give the growers better control over costs in the packing and exporting of their crops, and to give better bargaining power in the sale of onions to overseas buyers.
Colin Tarrant is the current manager.
The majority of the European product is sold through Southern Fresh Produce, an Auckland, New Zealand based company who also markets the UK product. The Asian grade product is marketed mainly through Origin International, but also a number of other exporters.
61 Seadown Road
PO Box 2142
+64 3 688 5888
+64 3 688 8020