Team Members

Andrew Darling

Managing Director – Darling Group

My passion for horticulture started in 1983 while working in a kiwifruit orchard and pack house. In 1989, I purchased an interest in a fruit packing facility in Katikati. Over the next 20 years, through partnership, merger and acquisition, I grew this operation to represent approx. 10% of Zespri’s national crop and 20% of the national avocado crop. I also became a significant grower of both these crops during this time. In 2016 I formed Darling Group which comprises an avocado export business (Just Avocados Ltd), a produce wholesale and logistics company in Brisbane (JH Leavy & Co.), various orchards, as well as an interest in a domestic produce marketer (Zeafruit).

andrew@darlinggroup.co.nz
021 497 666

Andrew Cutfield

GM Investor Relations and Supply

I am passionate about seeing and sharing in the enthusiasm of growing a great crop and our growers achieving financial success from their investment in avocados.

andrewc@darlinggroup.co.nz
027 472 9490

John Emett

Orchard Management and Grower Services

I work with growers in Northland and South Auckland to help them maximise the potential in their orchards.

I have been involved in the horticulture industry for most of my working life and was previously Avocado Manager at DMS for 12 years up to mid-2017.

I enjoy the challenge that growing avocados brings, and the fact that globally it is on the rise across most countries makes it an exciting crop to be involved with.

john@justavocados.co.nz
027 476 9087

Kyra Fielden

Grower Services – Bay of Plenty

I work with growers in the Bay of Plenty, providing support and communication throughout the season. Growing avocados is an exciting space to be in, I love meeting growers on their orchard and helping them achieve their orchard goals. Horticulture is my passion, with expertise in building more resilient orchards. I have been working in the industry for over 20 years, including working directly with avocado and kiwifruit growers in the Bay of Plenty.

kyra@justavocados.co.nz
027 257 5028

Alex Law

Quality and Compliance Manager

Alex’s background is in food quality control with experience gained at Jack Links (beef snack manufacturing) in the quality assurance team in a hybrid role of quality control and lab testing and at Meadow Fresh as a dairy lab technician. Apart from his practical experience, Alex obtained a science degree at Canterbury and then went on to complete a Masters of Biochemistry.

alex@justavocados.co.nz
027 280 5085

Jude Reyland

Grower Compliance Coordinator

Jude is our GLOBALG.A.P. expert and a real superstar in this field. She is responsible for auditing our growers to this standard and assisting them with ensuring they have their compliance paperwork in order.

jude@justavocados.co.nz
027 345 1617

Jazz Richardson

Office Administrator

Jazz has worked in various roles during her time with the Just Avocados team. In 2021 she was promoted to Office Administrator which has a special focus on grower payments and reporting.

jazz@justavocados.co.nz
027 346 6606

Jonathan Baker

Packhouse and Coolstore Business Manager

Jonathan is a highly experienced manager in the horticultural industry as well having a background in production planning and operations management. His most recent role was with T&G in Reporoa as the Production Manager for their glass house business.

jonathan@justavocados.co.nz
027 560 9514

Steve Harvey

Production Manager

Steve has considerable experience in operations management in pack houses in the Bay of Plenty and has also managed the daily operations of a large fully certified organic blackcurrant orchard in the South Island.

steve@justavocados.co.nz
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