Business North March 2021

60 | Mpac expansion to meet demand “By future proofing our business, growers can see that we have capacity to expand and feel confident coming on board.” T to page 62 T Karen Phelps HORTICULTURE Mount Pack & Cool D emand for kiwifruit packhouse services continues to soar and Tauranga-based Mount Pack & Cool (Mpac) is well positioned to deliver, says company general manager Brendon Lee. Significant investment by the company and smart forward planning has seen it in good shape with an additional 10,000sqm of cool storage completed in May 2020 adding 2.5 million trays of coolstore capacity. The company secured the largest single site in the Tauriko Business Estate (65,000qsm) in 2016 and built a state-of-the art facility. Brendon says that every detail was designed with efficiency, sustainability and performance in mind making it the most technologically advanced greenfield packhouse in the Bay of Plenty. Today Mpac spans 35,000qsm giving it plen- ty of room to expand. The company’s growth since 2009 has gone from 2.5 million trays at its previous site in Mount Maunganui to over 12 million trays at the Tauriko site. In 2021 the target is 15 million trays. Brendon says growth has been driven by increased demand for Zespri’s Sungold or Gold 3 variety. Zespri has released hundreds of hectares of the gold license, which has been eagerly snapped up by orchardists. Brendon says that Mpac has been able to pick up a large market share of the resulting demand for post-harvest services on the back of its investment in its facility, low fruit loss, high OGR (orchard gate returns), harvest ca- pacity and strong forward planning focus. “By future proofing our business, growers can see that we have capacity to expand and feel confident coming on board,” he says. “Our state-of-the-art facilities result in good orchard gate returns and we are industry leading in that regard. “Our costings are very competitive and our performance has been good with the lowest gold fruit losses in the industry.” He puts this down to a combination of site layout, technology and good people. For example when fruit arrives at Mpac it is put in a unique bin curing room for 24-48 hours that is temperature and humidity controlled. “This allows the fruit to cool slowly and by keeping humidity at 99% we are not losing weight, which is obviously what growers get paid based on. Brendon Lee: “Our state-of-the-art facilities result in good orchard gate returns....” • Industrial Pallets • Horticultural Pallets • Custom Crates & Bins • Export Fumigation • Recycled Pallets & Repair Services • Cut to length timber PROUDLY SUPPLY AND SUPPORT MOUNT PACK N COOL 9-11 Diversey Lane, Manukau | Telephone: 05 08 472 553 or 09 277 9224 E-mail: | P: +64 7 572 4199 | E: Bin Handling Conveying & Infeed Traceability Systems Sizing & Sorting Packing & Automation Strapping & Palletising MAF NZ in conjunction with MAF Roda specialise in design, manufacture and installation of industry leading equipment for the fresh produce market. We create partnerships with our customers to ensure excellence in sorting and packing your fresh packing line solutions complete with auxiliary equipment and MAF NZ are proud to partner with MPAC and to provide Turnkey Engineering for the fresh produce industry.