About Us

The AgriChain Centre operates in the Agribusiness and Food Supply Chain sectors and provides Food Safety, Biosecurity, IVA, Food Quality and Business Strategy related project management and training services.

The business is based in Auckland, New Zealand with representation in Tauranga and Christchurch. We are geared to manage projects in the wider South Pacific and Australia and, with a little notice, in other Pacific Rim countries on a case by case basis.

Please see below to find out more.

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Commitment to Organisational Excellence

The AgriChain Centre is an organisation that is committed to best practice and ensuring that there is continuous improvement in its service delivery. Our organisation has been audited by Telarc to ensure that our Quality Management System meets the ISO 9001:2008 requirements.  We are pleased to report that we have recognition that our systems meet these rigorous requirements.

Clients can be assured that we:
•  Operate the business as efficiently as possible.
•  Continually review our processes to ensure that they are streamlined.
•  Provide services that meet or exceed our customer expectations.
•  Provide a professional service in line with industry best practice guidelines.
•  Manage risks effectively to ensure that in turn client risks are minimised.

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Food Safety Programmes

Food safety programmes are essential in an increasingly dynamic global business environment. In order to compete food companies need to meet increasing stringent customer and regulatory assurance requirements.

The AgriChain Centre approach to assurance is to develop solutions rooted in pragmatic and in-depth knowledge of the produce business.

The AgriChain Centre is a fresh produce focused service provider with experience in all aspects of the produce business including, production, post-harvest handling, quality assurance, wholesale and retailing.

To discuss your needs, please visit the Food Safety pages or contact Anne Marie Arts.

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Biosecurity Solutions 

The need to protect New Zealand’s natural and physical resources from pests and disease is becoming increasingly important to our economy. The AgriChain Centre has a range of support services and packages to assist your business to comply with the Ministry for Primary Industries Biosecurity requirements.

To discuss your needs please visit our Biosecurity pages or contact our Biosecurity Team.
Freephone 0800-24-74-24 or email info@agrichain-centre.com

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Surveys 

Our assessments are made on the basis of sound product knowledge and a thorough understanding of post harvest plant pathology. All principal surveyors have extensive experience in fruit quality assessment, gained at production, post harvest handling and retail level.

To discuss your needs, please visit the Survey pages or contact Massimo Ciccioni.

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Independent Verification Services (IVA)

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has authorised The AgriChain Centre to be an IVA for the produce industry.

As an IVA, The AgriChain Centre will act under delegated authority of MPI within the export certification system. Independent Verification Agencies undertake services on MPI’s behalf to evaluate, audit and monitor the activities of exporters to ensure that they are complying with the regulatory requirements.

We are committed to impartiality in carrying out our inspection activities, managing conflicts of interest and ensuring the objectivity of our independent verification activities.

The AgriChain Centre is focusing its IVA services on its particular area of expertise – horticultural products & related services.

To discuss your needs, please visit the IVA pages or contact  Massimo Ciccioni.

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Value Chain Analysis

Every business forms part of a value chain. How a business performs today, how it will perform tomorrow and what it will be a year from now need no longer be guess work.

The AgriChain Centre assists its clients to understand how to define their places in the value chain, how their particular chain works and how to influence it.

To discuss your needs, please contact  Dr Hans Maurer or  Anne Marie Arts.

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Strategy Development

Procrastination, management by instinct or rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic are no longer adequate in assuring a business future.

The AgriChain Centre works with its clients on identifying the strategic landscape the clients’ businesses are positioned in and on establishing appropriate business strategies. These may take the form of business plans.

To discuss your needs, please contact  Dr Hans Maurer or Anne Marie Arts.

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Project Management

The AgriChain Centre manages a range of long-term projects for a diverse client range. Current projects include a national soil sampling and GPS mapping project for a major horticultural export crop association; quality control inspection on behalf of a supermarket group; and the collaborative kiwifruit marketing process on behalf of a New Zealand exporter.

To discuss your needs, please contact Anne Marie Arts.

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Action Learning Programmes

The AgriChain Centre is the New Zealand partner of the International Management Centres Association and supports selected IMCA programmes locally.

Action Learning – what is it?

Action Learning is a continuous process of learning and reflection with the intention of getting something done. It does not use any form of simulation such as case studies or business games but workplace-based problems. Learning is centered around the need to find a solution to a real problem. Learning is voluntary and learner driven, while individual development is as important as finding the solution to the problem.

To discuss your needs, please see our website or contact Dr Hans Maurer

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