A large player in Motueka's fruit industry says its new apple packhouse is as "good as it gets in the world." Golden Bay Fruit Packers' new 25,000 square metre packing house has been officially opened on a 4.6 hectare site on Queen Victoria St.
More than 800 guests from the Motueka community and the company's 200 Pasifika RSE workers attended the opening ceremony inside the new building on Tuesday.
Plans to build the new facility began almost four years ago and was designed and constructed by Apollo Projects over an 18 month period.
Golden Bay Fruit founder and managing director Heath Wilkins said the idea was to provide a central facility that would enable the company to better meet the demands of its overseas customers.
"We want to provide a consistent product and our customers offshore were requiring a better standard facility than what we originally had - we also had production coming on that was exceeding what we could physically do at present at the original site."
"To see this here right now, it's stunning - it'll be as good as it gets in the world at the moment for packing apples."