Macadamia Grower Clusters
Torere Macadamias Limited started the 1st regional Macadamia Grower Cluster at Torere in 2008. Four macadamia growers within the region have 3,000 macadamia trees between them. 1500 macadamia trees are currently producing with the balance producing from 2016 onwards. The Macadamia Grower Cluster currently shares the expertise of an Organic fertiliser supplier and harvesting, dehusking, drying and storage facilities provided by Torere Macadamias Limited. This model is replicated now in the East Coast area (Waihau Bay); Ruatoki/Whakatane area and Hawkes Bay/Gisborne area.
Torere Macadamias hold 3 ton of NIS on site in Gisborne – 2ton in drying bins and 1 ton in the drying room before despatch to the macadamia Processor. Torere Macadamias Limited harvested 12ton Nut in Shell in 2019 and this tonnage is projected to reach 25ton in 10 years.
Torere Macadamias Limited currently utilises an external macadamia processing factory to process 100% of their quality nut in shell with a small amount sold as NIS at the local Gisborne Farmers market outlet. The factory processed kernel is sorted into style sizes, vacuum sealed in 5kg bags and returned to Gisborne for Vanessa to disperse to Wholesale buyers and/or suppliers for value-adding. Vanessa is developing the product range and arranges packaging, sales and marketing both locally and nationally. Apart from the chocolate coating, all value-add products are now being produced in Gisborne. Visit the Shop online to view and purchase from a delicious range of healthy wholesome organic macadamia nut products.
Gisborne and East Coast growers and tree numbers are increasing ahead of the regional development projections. The positive uptake and the great interest shown by land owners to plant macadamias; is a reflection of the energy and effort by Vanessa to create a new horticulture industry in the region.
With the existing number of growers supplying Torere macadamias currently and the projected increase in production from new plantings throughout several regions; feasibility for a new Organic Processing factory has been completed for setup in 2021. Torere Macadamias will source Joint Venture investment partners to build a processing factory, food production facility and tourism cafe outlet ready for the 2021 harvest season.
In the meantime current research to develop health and beauty products from the oil and honey from macadamias will add extra high value products to the existing healthy high value food products.