Macadamia Grower Collectives
Torere Macadamias Limited is the model macadamia business featuring the full range of new varieties that form the base of the New Zealand macadamia industry 10year growth strategy. This successful business model is replicated with the establishment of 3 Macadamia Collectives now at Waihau Bay/Raukokore (20ha); Mataatua (75ha, Pukehina to Torere); Ruatorea (40ha) with a Wairoa group in early planning stages for their 20ha block.
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 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 landowners 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 2023. Torere Macadamias will source Joint Venture investment partners to build a processing factory, food production facility and tourism cafe outlet ready for the 2023 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.