21, September

Market Gardeners officially registered.

First Auction

05, November

Open for business, the first sale at the Te Aro site.


South Island Expansion

05, September

Christchurch branch opens.


Flower Market Opens

09, July

100 flower growers supported the opening of a separate flower market in Christchurch.


MG Export Company

11, February

Joint Venture to cater to increased export demand.


Marketing Arm extends

03, April

Including Blenheim, Nelson, Westport, Greymouth and Palmerston North branches.

Head Office Moves

02, July

Separation from Wellington Market to a close site in Wellington.


New Trading Name

01, March

Market Gardeners Ltd commences trading as MG Marketing along with a new logo.


New Branches

15, February

Dunedin and Brisbane.


03, February

MG Commences own imports (away from Fruit Distributors Ltd).

Dole Arrives

04, October

The first shipment of Dole Bananas and Pineapples arrives in Wellington.


Banana Ripening Joint Venture

MG took over management of Chiquita and formed and Joint Venture with Dole to operate all banana ripening room facilities.


New Computer System

02, August

TIMMS system to meet expanding needs.


New Branch

02, July

Hamilton opens.



07, January

Exclusive NZ agency agreement with Sunkist  and boost brand’s market share by 200%.


LaManna Bananas

04, April

100% acquisition of Australian Wholesaler and Farmer.



04, May

New joint venture with Auckland-based United Flower Auctions Ltd, trading as United Flower Growers Limited.


New CEO Takes the Helm

02, September

Peter Hendry replaces Tom Treacy who was MG’s longest-serving CEO, having headed the company for 23 years.


Exports Expand

21, May

MG’s joint venture with Te Mata Exports offering encouraging prospects.



08, September

The launch of new company communication plan. 


Growing You®

04, May

The launch of Grower workshops, Director Internship and Graduate programmes.


Australian Merger – LaManna Premier Group

15, February

The merger of MG’s Australian-based the subsidiary, LaManna Group, with Premier Fruits Group resulted in the formation of one of Australia’s leading fresh produce supply chain companies.

IP Business

07, March

MGs purchase a suite of marketing rights and trademarks from Fresh New Zealand for a range of fruit varieties.


UFG acquires FloraMax

31, March

UFG purchases the FloraMax flower auction business from Turners and Growers Fresh Limited.

New Branch

18, September

MG opens in Tauranga.

Chairman Retires

06, November

Brian Gargiulo retires, he served on the Board for 36 years (1981-2017) - 25 as a Chairman.

Citrus Shareholding

04, December

MG acquired a 30% shareholding in First Fresh NZ Ltd.

Acquisition of JSEL

18, December

MG acquires JS Ewers Ltd in Nelson.


Dole Partnership

08, April

25-year anniversary of MG Dole relationship.


Growing Operation Investment

01, July

MG’s joint venture with Kaipaki Berryfruits Ltd - creating efficiencies and category growth.  The Cambridge based growing operation went on to become a 100% MG Group owned subsidiary business in April 2024. 


A fresh new look for MG

07, July

Launch of a refreshed logo and identity.

HortNZ Award

27, July

MG win 2022 Horticulture NZ Environmental Award


New Auckland Ripening Facility

02, March

Officially opened by the team at MG and Dole Asia President Makoto Sawanoi.


Southern Paprika Limited (SPL)

22, March

100% acquisition of Warkworth-based operation.

MG Celebrates 100 Years

05, November

Our Kiwi-owned co-operative celebrates 100 years of marketing, selling, and distributing fresh produce on behalf of our family growers.


Here for NZ Award

04, April

MG Group is recognised by Foodstuffs New Zealand, winning the prestigious “Here For NZ” partnership award.