Making a healthy difference
Fresh Direct is about sourcing and delivering the highest quality fresh produce in the most efficient way. We’re a New Zealand company with global reach and enduring relationships with growers, customers, partners and suppliers. Mutual respect drives our family’s long-term involvement in the produce industry. So we make it our business to know what our customers want from us and deliver it with a smile.
Fresh produce is in our blood. Owners of Fresh Direct, Jeffery and Peter Turner are part of the Turner family whose roots in horticulture go back to Cambridge, England in the 1600’s! Closer to home their great-grandfather Edward Turner set up Turners Mart (later Turners & Growers) in New Zealand in the 1890’s. In 1959 Jeffery and Peter’s father, Jack Turner, coined the name ‘Kiwifruit’ when the name was changed from ‘Chinese Gooseberry’.
In 1995 when control and direction of the old family firm came under overseas investor management, Jeffery and Peter Turner decided to do the ‘kiwi’ thing and set up their own produce business. Fresh Direct was born and the family tradition of excellence in fresh produce continued. As they say, the rest is history.
There are over 300 people on staff at Fresh Direct throughout our operations country wide! We pay the same attention to our staff as we do to our customers and growers. They’re part of the family – part of a strong culture that pulls together, working by the same values. The end result is an efficient and happy place to work in – and that shows when it comes to doing business with Fresh Direct.
Investing in our people is also a great way to be successful. Keeping people motivated, rewarded and trained means better service for customers and growers. Helping staff lead balanced and satisfying lives supports productivity. We think this is a sustainable way to do business, a ‘win-win’ for us, our staff and for our growers and customers. No wonder not many people leave once they join Fresh Direct