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The Horticulture Conference 2018   /  23–25 July 2018  /  Christchurch

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James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan
Managing Director, Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool

Biography

James Trevelyan is the Managing Director of Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool. He trained and worked as a professional engineer prior to returning to the family business in 1990. James and his wife Vicki also own their own kiwifruit orchard.

Kiwifruit and avocado growers across the Bay of Plenty have relied on Trevelyan’s to provide world-class packing and fruit storage facilities for nearly 40 years. The business has a reputation as a strong, independent, family-run business. Trevelyan’s operates four export packhouses and one local market packhouse and 33 state-of-the-art coolstores on a 20ha site at No.1 Rd, Te Puke. Employing up to 1600 people at the height of the season.

Like many other kiwifruit businesses in New Zealand Trevelyan’s felt the pain of the devastating incursion of PSA-V in late 2010 and continue to live with it today. The business has used a process of continuous improvement to see it through those tough years. The business has a culture of displaying all data, both good and bad, so collectively it can be put right or celebrated.

The last four years have seen Trevelyan’s reporting their business performance against the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. Trevelyan’s have embraced the sustainable journey with teams changing the way the business moves forward.

Outside work he enjoys mountain biking and has an AAC file to match.

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