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DMS Summer Dinner Awards Celebrate Orchard Champions

Monday, March 11, 2019

It was a night to celebrate for orchard champions at the DMS Summer Dinner Awards held at Classic Flyers on Tuesday the 19th of February.

After an excellent season for DMS in 2018, it was the turn of individual orchards to share the limelight, with green and gold variety kiwifruit, and avocado orchards vying for the top spot in each category.

A Te Puna Orchard took out top spot in the Gold kiwifruit category, with Phil Chisnall and Lake Janthamat achieving 18,550 trays per hectare with an impressive OGR close to $230,000 per hectare – while the winner for Green kiwifruit produced an outstanding OGR also in excess of $110,000 per hectare.

Phil Chisnall said the award was a thrill to win. “We focused on putting all of our effort into looking after the vines the best we could, which resulted in us getting early Kiwistart.”

Large orchards were also recognised in each category, for properties greater than 5 hectares. Jono Nicholl, the Orchard Manager for Trilogy Orchard was awarded the Large Orchard Award – Green, with Gavin and Linda Dyer and Orchard Manager Dave Timms once again taking home the Large Orchard Award – Gold.

Avocado growers were also recognised at the event, with Ken and Mary Oemcke again being named ‘Avocado Champions’, after setting the bar with 26.4 tonnes per hectare.

DMS CEO, Derek Masters stated that these awards are about celebrating the outstanding results achieved by the many orchard champions across their kiwifruit and avocado orchards. “We like to acknowledge not only our own successes as an orchard management and post-harvest company, but also celebrate individual grower achievements from within our DMS family. These awards have been a highlight in the calendar for many years and this year was no different.”

Joint Managing Director, Craig Greenlees, announced at the dinner that the DMS Directors have confirmed a rebate of 30 cents on the 2018 crop. This has been brought about by the excellent performance in the last financial year. The final 20 cent rebate will be paid by way of cash and shares.



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