10:36:AM  |  20 December 2014

Welcome to the Website of the Korea New Zealand Business Council

The Korea New Zealand Business Council is a voluntary group of New Zealand companies, organisations and Government Agencies involved in promoting increased business between Korea and New Zealand.  It provides information, useful networking opportunities for members and a forum for information and discussion of issues relevant to the commercial relationship between the two countries.

The Council is an incorporated society. Its affairs are directed by an elected Executive Committee, and administered on a day-to-day basis by a part-time executive Director.

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Membership Profiles

In this space we will provide more indepth profiles of our members on a rotating basis.

Aozora New Zealand

Aozora New Zealand is a vertically integrated grower/packer/exporter based in Auckland New Zealand, with offshore offices in both Korea (Pusan) and Japan (Kobe) We specialise in the marketing of fresh produce and FMCG products throughout Asia. Our integrated structure means by working with us you are working DIRECT with the grower.

Our core fresh produce products out of New Zealand include: Buttercup Squash (Danhobak), apples and onions. To this we have also added a strong line-up of high quality FMCG products including Extra Virgin Olive/Avocado Oil, Honey, Wine, Fruit Cordials and Mineral Water. All up we export close to 1,000 containers per annum ex New Zealand.

In addition to our NZ business, we also began business in South America in 2006, and have partnered with a number of large integrated grower/packers to include a variety of Chilean fruit in our export basket. Some of the different fruit we export out of Chile and Peru include Blueberries, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Plums, Apples and Kiwis. We have invested in a 16 ha orchard which is part of a 200ha program for our own proprietary variety of Gold Kiwifruit (KiwiKiss). KiwiKiss is becoming increasingly popular in Korea as an alternative to Zespri gold varieties. Due to increased customer demand throughout Asia we have recently begun trading a variety of Chilean IQF (frozen) fruit, Nuts and dried Fruit. The most popular of these include IQF blueberries and kiwis, Walnuts, Almonds, Prunes and Raisins.

Aozora’s trade with Korea has grown rapidly since 2004, and in 2011 we showed our dedication to this very important market by opening our first sales office in Pusan. Having an in-market presence has been of great benefit, allowing us to strengthen existing relationships and build many new ones. We look forward to continuing our business with Korea for many years to come.