Contact

Centre Strip 1 (393x260)-t

Blackcurrants NZ Incorporated (BCNZ)

Anna Tier (BCNZ Manager)

Fax: +64 3 3472621
Email: info@blackcurrant.co.nz

Postal Address:
PO Box 107
Rolleston
Canterbury 7643
NEW ZEALAND

 

Management and Executive Committee

 Name

Position

Brief Bio

Geoff Heslop
Chairman Grower Trustee
  • A commercial blackcurrant grower since 2001 in Brookside, Mid Canterbury.
  • 34 Ha planted in blackcurrants.
  • A mixed cropping/horticulture farmer since 1980.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2007, Vice Chairman in 2012 and Chairman since 2013.
  • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives.
James Tavendale Vice Chairman Grower Trustee
  • A commercial blackcurrant grower in Winchmore, Mid Canterbury.
  • James and his wife Zoe have been in partnership with his brother Mark’s family and parents John and Lynley for 12 years.
  • Combined they grow 125 Ha of blackcurrants including a small area of redcurrants and organic blackcurrants as part of a 270 Ha farming operation.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2010.
  • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives.
Mike Callagher Marketer and Processor Trustee
  • General Manager of Just the Berries Ltd since 2013.
  • Technical Director of NZ Pharmaceuticals Ltd. since 2011, and 16 years in Production then Sales and Marketing Manager positions with NZ Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2014.
Kem Eggers
Grower Trustee
  • A second generation commercial grower in Upper Moutere, Nelson.
  • 34.5 Ha planted in blackcurrants.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2012.
Hamish McFarlane Grower Trustee
  • A second generation commercial grower in Temuka, South Canterbury.
  • A family history of growing blackcurrants since 1980.
  • 110 Ha planted in blackcurrants, as part of a wider mixed cropping/horticulture farming operation.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2015.
Mike Kearney
Marketer and Processor Trustee
  • A manager at the NZ Blackcurrant Co-operative, with more than 16 years history in the blackcurrant industry.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2008 and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Alleyn MacGregor Marketer and Processor Trustee
  • Purchasing Manager with Frucor Beverages Ltd since 2008, primarily responsible for ingredient procurement for the Frucor Group.
  • An Executive member of the New Zealand Beverage Council (formally New Zealand Juice and Beverage Association) and also a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2014.
Stuart Stephens Grower Trustee
  • A second generation commercial grower in Leeston, Mid Canterbury with 16 years farming experience.
  • 84 Ha planted in blackcurrants.
  • Oversees the BlackHort breeding plots in Canterbury, which are located at Waipuna farm.
  • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives, and Chair of the BlackHort committee.
  • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2012.
Anna Tier manager@blackcurrant.co.nz Product Group Manager
  • Manager of BCNZ Inc. since October 2011.
  • Formerly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for 11 years, of which 9 years were as an Information Management Team Manager.

LATEST NEWS

New Zealand blackcurrants linked to improved cardiovascular health in athletes

New Zealand Blackcurrants are being regarded in the UK as a ‘superfood’ and for good reason. A recent dose response study by

READ MORE HERE
New Zealand Blackcurrants a UK superfood

Just as the New Zealand blackcurrant harvest begins, our small purple berries have been declared a superfood by the UK media!

READ MORE HERE

Scientific evidence building for NZ Blackcurrant benefits in sport and exercise

Exercise Physiology Professor, Professor Mark Willems and his team at the University of Chichester continue to show the huge potential our superfruit, New …

READ MORE HERE