Fruit company goes into voluntary administration

The company employs 230 people in Waikato and Hawke's Bay.
The company employs 230 people in Waikato and Hawke's Bay. Photo credit: Getty

Receivers have been appointed to six fruit processing companies after its parent company, Sunfruit, went into voluntary administration.

The Sunfruit Group currently employs approximately 230 people across the Waikato and Hawke's Bay regions. 

In a statement, accounting firm BDO said partners Andrew Bethell and Andrew McKay had been appointed joint receivers and managers for Sunfruit group of companies.

It said there were no changes planned while plans for a sale went ahead.

"It is the intention of the receivers and administrators to carry on with business as normal, including harvesting the apple crop, processing and packing for sale," said BDO.  

"This is likely to require more staff going forward."

A sale process for Sunfruit Group would be started shortly.

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