Who We Are


The Organic Exporters Association of New Zealand was established in 1992 and serves over 140 New Zealand organic exporters. Our members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others.  

Organic exports are valued at over $360 million of which about $150 million is exported with official assurance from MPI.  The remaining value are to markets where no organic bilateral arrangements currently exist.  We are a solely member funded trade association. We assist with fast and easy market access for certified organic food & beverage from New Zealand. Where no organic bilateral arrangements exist we work with affiliates to provide the fastest, easiest and most economic route to market. We work closely together with the Ministry for Primary Industries to agree the prioritisation of work undertaken for the organic export sector.  We are the representative voice for organic exporters to government officials and organic foreign buyer representatives.  We further encourage and support organic export growth by providing regular market reports and networking opportunities to organic exporters.

Organic Exporters New Zealand has an Executive Board which comprise of elected members representing most organic exporting sectors. The Executive Board also has permanently co-opted members from the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Crown Agency, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. This allows key government agencies to be part of our decision making process and gives Organic Exporters New Zealand instant knowledge of the best ways forward. Organic Exporters New Zealand also engages with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as necessary. Organic Exporters New Zealand is funded 100% via membership. The Organic Exporters Association of New Zealand directly funded the primary establishment of both the EU and US organic market access programmes that all organic exporters enjoy today. 

Executive Committee members represent a cross-section of the New Zealand organic exporters sector and have knowledge of agriculture and trade matters. Executive Committee members are re-confirmed each year and serve without compensation for time, travel or expenses. The Executive Committee generally meets face to face at the MPI Technical & International Trade Access in Wellington twice a year and via teleconference calls at other times through the year.





Executive Team

Rick Carmont, Organic Exporters Executive Director
PO Box 936, Palmerston North New Zealand
Mobile +64 21 68 1901
Email: rick.carmont@organictradenz.com

Mike McCarthy JML Sales NZ Ltd / Chairman 

Private Bag 11-029, Palmerston North New Zealand
Tel: +64 6 350-4683
Mobile +64 27 5424 694 

email mike.jmlsales@gmail.com

Craig Deadman, Fonterra Ingredients // Organic Exporter 
Global Marketing Manager - Organics
Private Bag 11-029, Palmerston North New Zealand
Tel: +64 6 350-4683
Mobile +64 21 315 
Email: craig.deadman@fonterra.com

Alice Moore, Zespri International
Global Category Manager - ORGANIC
PO Box 4043, Mt Maunganui
Tel: +64 7 572 7783
Mob: +64 21 626 634

email alice.moore@zespri.com  

Donald Nordeng, BioGro NZ  - Deputy Chairman 


PO Box 9693, Marion Square


Phone 04 801-0742

Cell 021 

Email: donald.nordeng@biogro.co.nz  


Chris Morrison - Karma Cola
Co - Founder   

+64 27 548 1293






Lynsey McQuinn - ANZCO Foods - 
Sales Executive - Projects
P.O. Box 39 145, Harewood
Christchurch 8545
Cell 027 565 0519


Jacqui Bird, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

Manager Plant Wine and Organic Assurance Team  

Assurance Directorate

Regulation and Assurance Branch
TSB House, 149 Lambton Quay
PO Box 2526 Wellington 6140
Tel +64 4 894 2655

Email: jacqui.bird@mpi.govt.nz
Web: www.mpi.govt.nz

Jeff Gordon, AsureQuality
Technical Manager and Auditor
Tel: 021 193 8880
Email: jeff.gordon@asurequality.com
Web: www.organiccertification.co.nz

Patrick Geals, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Customer Manager
Tel: 021 612 129

email patrick.geals@nzte.govt.nz
Web: www.nzte.govt.nz

Corrie den Haring, Tech Foods
Tel: 021 724 107

email corrie.denharing@techfoods.co.nz
Web: www.techfoods.co.nz

Heidi Stiefel - Bostock NZ
Organic Manager
Mobile: 021 336 791