Our History

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.

Our reputation as a strong, independent, family-run business grew out of modest beginnings.

In 1965 John and Elizabeth Trevelyan bought a 10-acre block at 310, No.1 Road, Te Puke. It was a dairy farm at the time, but six years later they began converting the property and planted their first kiwifruit vines.

The couple and their four children (Andrew, James, Fiona and Kate), worked hard to pack their first crop of 186 kiwifruit trays by themselves, only for MAF to later reject it because of scale.

This humbling experience prompted the family to build its first packhouse in 1976 – and so Trevelyan’s began. Business quickly flourished and the decision to expand into cool storage was made in 1983. That set Trevelyan’s on a path which has led to it becoming the region’s most innovative packhouse and cool storage provider.

In addition to kiwifruit and avocados, we now pack feijoas and limes and are involved in a partnership to mill and supply high-quality local pollen for supplementary pollination.

But despite this growth, we have continued to operate like a family. Taking care of one another, our environment, our wider community, and our business are all top priorities at Trevelyan’s.

We are proud to do things differently and our inventive, sustainable approach is at the very heart of our success.