Andrew Hutchinson named Young Horticulturalist of the Year


Last night in Auckland, Andrew Hutchinson (Potato Technical Support for Wilcox) was awarded the Young Horticulturalist of the Year tittle after participating in 2 days of challenging exercises, panel discussions and HortiSports.

Andrew won four of the six categories

  • Primary ITO Career Development Award
  • T&G Practical Activities Award
  • Fruitfed Supplies Leadership Award
  • Countdown Best Speech Award
  • AGMART Market Innovation Project – 2nd place

We are very proud of Andrew and the continued commitment he shows towards self-development, the Wilcox business and the greater horticultural industry. Andrew is looking forward to utilising the scholarship funds to travel overseas and further his understanding of agronomics in the potato sector.

Congratulations Andrew


2016 Young Grower of the Year

YGOTY 16Andrew Hutchinson from Wilcox was awarded the Young Grower of the Year title last night (20th July) after two days of challenging exercises including participating in a Leadership panel discussion and presenting two speeches. He successfully competed against the 4 regional fruit grower winners to take out the tittle.

Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition run by Horticulture New Zealand to find the best young fruit or vegetable grower in the country. The focus of the competition is to give young people working in the industry recognition, develop their skills and foster individual young grower leadership.

Andrew won 3 of the 4 categories, Best Practical Skills, Best Business Skills and the Innovation Award.

Andrew will now go on to contest the Young Horticulturist of the Year in November.

Wilcox was well represented at the awards, with last years winner Hamish Gates carrying out the MC duties for the evening.

Wilcox Rewarded for Sustainable Practices

Bryan-Hart-and-Syngenta-Territory-Head-Australasia-Paul-LuxtonBryan Hart (Wilcox Agronomist) was presented with the Grower Productivity Award for his contribution to farming in Australia and New Zealand during the annual Syngenta Growth Awards. The Growth Awards support the goals of Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan, which tackles the challenges of producing more with less, protecting the viability of farmland and promoting prosperous rural communities.

The winners were selected from a group of 24 high-calibre finalists from across Australia and New Zealand. These awards recognise individual achievements in agricultural productivity, sustainability, and commitment to community.

Paul Luxton, Syngenta Territory Head Australasia, spoke about achieving productivity whilst still striving for sustainability and being community focussed, values that Wilcox and Bryan strongly believe in. “I think this showed through in our nomination. You can’t go for one at the expense of the other.”

An underlying theme for the evening was: “Achieving More From Less” as Syngenta are taking a leadership role in assisting to lift Global Food Production without increasing consumption of finite resources like water, fertiliser or land. “Achieving More From Less without compromising Quality or affecting the Customer Experience is the balancing act we constantly face, but must challenge ourselves to deliver.”

Perlas Gold Harvest Begins

Perlas Gold harvest

Finally the wait is over, Perlas Gold are currently being harvested and will hit the shelf’s of selected Countdown stores week commencing 14th December 2015. Perlas Gold are unlike anything you will ever try, they have a very golden skin and the colour is even more intense when you cut them open and look at the flesh. They have a sweet, buttery flavour with just a hint of kumara/pumpkin on the palette. They make a fantastic salad but also try them roasted – you’re bound to fall in love. They are only available for a very limited time so make sure you try them now.