Our Story

About Us

Established in 1984 our packhouse is located on the outskirts of Cromwell, in Central Otago.

We are New Zealand’s biggest grower and packer of export cherries; owning orchards in the Cromwell basin at Ripponvale and at the foot of Mt Pisa, as well as managing over 20 other client orchards through our orchard management company.

All fruit is picked by 45 South picking crews and packed at our high-tech packhouse.

Our fully integrated business model gives us the ability to produce consistent quality for our loyal customers.

Even though we grow over 20 varieties, 90% of our volume comes from just 7 varieties, Chelan, Sonnet, Stella, Lapin, Sweetheart and Staccato. 45 South grows and packs the Sentennial variety exclusively in New Zealand.

Meet the Management Team

Tim Jones

CEO
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Jim Blanche

Orchard Manager
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Richard Cameron

Sales & Marketing Manager
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Joy Gillespie

Finance & Administration Manager
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Patsy Blanche

Health & Safety & Employment Manager
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The Central Otago region of New Zealand's South Island is ideal for fruit growing.

We grow over 20 different varieties of Cherries, but 90% of the volume comes from just 7 varieties.

As the Cromwell basin is further from the sea than any other part of New Zealand, we tend to have the hottest summers and the coldest winters, which creates optimal conditions for growing cherries.

Central Otago is a popular tourist destination for many reasons - It’s lakes, mountains, wine, food and adventure tourism are world famous and is believed by many, to be one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

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