Cranberries Westland is an artisan food business based just outside Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand and is the only commercial cranberry farm in NZ.
We grow genuine North American cranberries on our 4.5Ha (10 acres) farm on the Old Christchurch Road, supplying fresh, frozen and processed cranberry products to customers across New Zealand.
Westland Cranberries sell cranberries online and to supermarkets and specialty food stores nationwide.
All our products are made with fresh fruit harvested on our farm. North American Cranberries are a slow growing fruit, taking five years to develop from planting to full fruiting.
Westland Cranberries is a business for sale that has a strong customer base, excellent infrastructure, lots of potential and it’s now ready for someone to take it to the next stage of development.
We have GAP certification for our farm as well as NP2 Certification and are GS1 Registered.
Land – total area: 4.53 hectares
Under cranberries: Beds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 ( approx 2ha)
Fully productive beds: 2, 3 and 4
Establishing beds: Beds 1 & 8: are used mostly for supply of cuttings
Bed 5: Productive in 2 years
Bed 6: Productive in 2 to 3 years
Bed 7: Productive in 5 years
Packing Shed – A large roller door & standard entrance door. Concrete floors in bay shed with commercial chiller (3.6m by 3.6m by 2.4m high), 2 x domestic freezers, storage for product & ingredients, product packaging. Washing machine with a cleaning sink area. Built 2019. 13 x 9m.
Workshop -2 Bay shed workshop with a separate standalone shed for the pump system and chemical storage.
Kitchen – certified commercial. 4mx4m- Food grade stainless steel benches & sinks. Induction hobs and utensils. Gas water heating & fully compliant water filter and sterilising system. Food safety certification.
Cranberry harvester, cranberry sorter, all kitchen appliances and equipment. Domestic freezers, water pump system, water filtration system, spray chemicals, spray tank, quad bike with sprayer, knap sack sprayer, Harrows, farm trailer.
Westland District Council- kitchen.
NP1 & NP2, GAP + GS1 certification.
There has been a significant investment in infrastructure and processes to allow for significant growth.
– Built permanent sheds and working areas.
– Installed a commercial walk-in chiller (3.6m L by 3.6m W by 2.4m H)- for storage of fresh product.
– Built a separate chemical storage area & pump shed.
– Established an office, lunchroom and toilet area for staff (possible accommodation option).
– Significantly upgraded the irrigation system which works from a central control area.
– Replaced the water pumps and added storage tanks.
– Added water filtration & sterilising system for water.
– Developed and implemented an effective weed control plan.
– Processes- Harvesting and processing, drying & sorting processes in place.
– Significant investment in fencing, drainage, roadway and new cranberry beds.
– Cellphone & Wi fi available at farm.
– Invested in the use of bumblebees to increase pollination rates.
– Built a house pad (certified) and adjacent to services – option to buy the property with a small house on site.
– We work with local staff during harvest and cooking.
– The staff and we will be available to support new owners.
Kitchen, sales, office, and processed products.
– Website with online sales portal.
– Social media presence – active Facebook & Instagram accounts.
– Commercial cooking – recipes and processes.
– Stock management processes.
– Reliable cooking & packing staff.
– NP2 & Westland District Council certification for kitchen.
– GAP & NP1 certification for fruit.
– GS1 registered (barcodes and recall processes).
– Health & Safety processes.
– Customer base – Registrations and sales with Foodstuffs (New World & Raeward fresh), Bidfood, Moore Wilson, Farro fresh and specialty food stores nationally.
– Online sales -wide customer base.
– PBT courier systems
– Excellent relationships with suppliers and customers
– Excellent records kept
– Commercial Freezer space in Christchurch used for extra storage of berries year round.
We have kept our product range to shelf stable products with a 2 year shelf life. This was a business decision as we both also work off farm.
There are two busy times of the year- cooking, September – December and harvesting in April.
There is ample opportunity to extend the product range and increase turnover.