NZ cherry venture announces expansion plans

Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP – a significant New Zealand cherry development – has announced a second capital raise to fund a packhouse and expansion at its Central Otago orchards.

Deep Creek Fruits chairman Michael Ambrose said the offer, in accordance with the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, invited wholesale investors to purchase partnership interests in the development which would export cherries to global markets for the first time in 2021/2022.

“I see this as a part of our long-term strategy with a focus on ensuring a sustainable business proposition to enhance investor returns and value,” Mr Ambrose said.

Chief executive officer and director Sharon Kirk said it was a chance for investors to take advantage of the highly profitable global export market. New Zealand cherries consistently achieved the highest price per kilo on the world market, she said.

Expansion plans included purchasing and developing additional land for cherry production at Lindis Peaks and establishing the packhouse and export infrastructure required, Mrs Kirk said.

Eighty-three hectares has now been planted at Mt Pisa and 36 hectares at Lindis Peaks, with additional land available for development at Lindis Peaks.

The traditional sheep and beef landowners of the orchard sites at Lindis Peaks and Mt Pisa are among the investors behind Deep Creek Fruits. The entity was formed after they expressed a desire to diversify from sheep and beef farming into cherry production and approached horticultural specialists Ross and Sharon Kirk of Hortinvest Management Limited.

"The landowners were looking outside agriculture to generate potentially lucrative and long-term rewards for generations of their families to come," Mrs Kirk said.

Richard Perry joins the board of directors

A board of directors represents shareholder interests in the entity. It comprises leading New Zealand legal, financial and business executives with experience across a range of sectors including agribusiness and export.

A fourth, independent director, Richard Perry, was appointed in September. Mr Perry has extensive governance and directorship experience developed across public, private and not-for-profit sectors, ranging from start-ups to mature companies.

Hortinvest manages all services associated with the developments from orchard to export function.

Since the second major planting was undertaken last winter, the irrigation system had been installed, Sharon Kirk said.

"At Mt Pisa, this includes a large filter manifold – a combination of separate filtration components into a single unit along with a BIC 2500 control system which will allow the orchard team to control watering remotely by phone and create efficiencies."

Net construction at both sites is underway.

Deep Creek Fruit board of directors
Caption: Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP's board of directors from left, Richard Perry, Michael Ambrose, Sharon Kirk, Bryan Henderson (advisor) and George Collier. Click on image for high res

Cherries to target Chinese New Year market

Deep Creek Fruits' first premium quality cherries will be harvested and exported from December 2021 to February 2022 and will target the growing global seasonal and Chinese New Year market.

The developments generated 15-20 jobs during Stage 2 planting and a range of full-time positions including orchard and administrative positions. Up to 20 pickers would be required for the first harvest, with numbers increasing up to 500 per 80 hectares by 2025," orchard and project manager Ross Kirk said.

About the offer:

Partnership interests offered: $1.05 NZ per partnership interest
Minimum investment: $105,000
Ideal investor: At least $250,000
Applications close: May 7, 2021
Available on request: Information Memorandum
Ross and Sharon Kirk have more than 30 years' experience in growing and marketing premium New Zealand fruit globally. Hortinvest has existing and developing markets throughout Asia, Europe and the United States.

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Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP was established in 2020 to develop cherry orchards in the Upper Clutha region of Central Otago on New Zealand’s South Island, to produce export quality fruit for the world and generate an opportunity for investors keen to take advantage of a surging global demand for New Zealand cherries.

(Issued: April 1, 2021)

Issued by Aqua Public Relations on behalf of Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP. For more information, please contact:

Sharon Kirk
CEO and director
Deep Creek Fruits
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Toni Lucke
Aqua Public Relations
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