Serving over 140 NZ Companies Exporting Certified Organic Products to 90 markets around the world earning $360 million in export receipts and a market sector value of $610 million. 

There is no other organisation in New Zealand that represents more organic trade than the Organic Exporters Association

Our membership network is diverse and includes a mix of New Zealand’s largest exporters through to smaller family based operations as well as the New Zealand organic certifiers and regulators. The core role of the Organic Exporters is to link members together to share knowledge and resources and make progress on the common issues as we strive to deliver the vision of a vibrant and growing organic export sector.

Applications for Organic Exporters membership are open to all organisations - including those not currently exporting, but which are interested in promoting the opportunities for New Zealand organic products.

Organic market opportunities continue to grow strongly but so does the complexity. The collective support and information sharing offered by the Organic Exporters network is increasingly important to navigate this environment as we strive to grow our organic exports.

Get Inside the Member Only Section and Find What You Need Including;

  • How to Access Organic Markets - by Country
  • Market Reports
  • Updates on the NZ Government Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP)
  • AGM & Annual Reports
  • International Organic Trade Shows - calendar and updates. We provided discounted costs on all Trade Shows.
  • Our Strategy
  • Other Key Links to help you
  • International Status of Organic Regulations covering over 90 markets
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The Organic Exporters Association has been a champion for organic regulation in New Zealand since 2012.  As one the three foundation members in the inaugural “New Zealand Organic Regulations Working Group” in 2012. The Organic Exporters Association published the first Organic Regulations “White Paper” in 2015 for consultation with MPI.  In August 2017 the formal process with government began.  We met with the Food Safety Minister, the Honourable David Bennett to provide further framework.   In November 2017 some of the Organic Exporters executive team met with the MPI government officials who are charged with developing the organic regulation framework.


In March 2018 we met with the Minister of Agriculture the Hon Damien O’Connor and the key MPI officials who are charged with developing the organic regulation framework.  We had further high-level meetings with MPI in May 2018 prior to the release of the MPI organic discussion document on 14th May 2018. The government intends to create new legislation specifically for organics.  It could be expected that the legislation will be passed relatively quickly and could be enacted as soon as May 2019.

Submissions are now closed and we expect a new summary position will be posted by MPI in August or September 2018


2018 BioFach Shanghai

24-26 May  

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NZ Organic Exhibitors had a fantastic event in Shanghai.  29 persons from 14 organisations made the journey from New Zealand to participate in the largest New Zealand organic pavilion ever.  We were supported with funding from MPI to ensure that as Country of the Year" New Zealand was able to put its best foot forward.  A highlight of showcasing New Zealand Culture was a strong and moving performances by te Wehi Haka performers from Ranui, Auckland. 



Reports for sub exhibitors were published 15th June 2018


BioFach China is the largest organic expo in all Asia. Mike McCarthy, Organic Exporters Chairman says this role had much honour associated with it. 

The event has been put together with the assistance of NZ Trade & Enterprise and the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. Sandy Motion, Business Development Manager at the Chamber said “The event is German owned and the Chamber is the official NZ agent”. “We have been delighted to have been working with the Organic Exporters and seeing this come to fruition”.

Damon Paling, NZTE Trade Commissioner in Shanghai said “The visit by so many organic business representatives was more than exhibiting at a trade show”. “There is a seven-day official programme in addition to exhibitors meeting up before and after the event with customers, distributors or agents”. 

China’s organic market is valued at US$10 billion and organic products certified to Chinese organic certification from New Zealand is worth over $30 million.


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