Zespri International wins Supreme Award at 2017 AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards

Monday 7th August 2017

The 18th annual AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards were held at the Pullman Auckland Hotel on Thursday 3rd August, with Zespri International winning the Supreme Award for trade with the United States. Baldwins is proud to support the American Chamber of Commerce and our team was thrilled to recieve a special plaque in recognition of a milestone quarter century membership with the New Zealand chapter.

Amcham was delighted to welcome back the Hon Steven Joyce as keynote speaker and presenter of the three key exporter awards with the new U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown presenting the Importer of the Year award.

While trade of goods with the USA was down marginally in the last year by dollar value, the USA on still represents 11% of New Zealand total merchandise trade, with total bilateral trade worth around $16 billion. The companies on show at these awards highlighted some of New Zealand’s most innovative products and services that are taking on the world.

The Supreme Award is chosen from the winners of each of the categories presented on the night. The complete list of winners is as follows:

  • Importer of the Year from the USA - SOS Hydration Ltd
  • Investor of the Year to or from the USA - Constellation Brands New Zealand Ltd
  • Bilateral Services Award - Kiwi Landing Pad
  • Contribution to Tourism - Canuckiwi Ltd
  • Exporter of the Year to the USA under $1 million - Kami Ltd
  • Exporter of the Year to the USA $1 million to $10 million - Flintfox International Ltd
  • Exporter of the Year to the USA over $10 million - Zespri International Ltd
  • Supreme Award - Zespri International Ltd

Mark Foy, Country Manager for DHL Express New Zealand, who announced the supreme winner, said: “Zespri has established itself as a leading innovator in the horticultural industry, with their focus on sustainability and continuous improvement a testament to their achievements. Zespri’s successful growth into the US market is a reflection of their market research on this key export trade lane and DHL congratulates them on their success.”

Ernst & Young Ltd were presented with the Trevor Eagle memorial award as AmCham Supporter of the Year.

Baldwins were also presented with a plaque in recognition of 25 years membership.

This year’s award finalists were some of the strongest AmCham has seen in the last eighteen years and the judges decided to award a number of Highly Commended certificates. These were presented to:

  • Brand USA
  • Crimson Consulting
  • Pharmaceutical Solutions Limited
  • Scott Technology Ltd

The AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards celebrate success and innovation in the export, import and investment sectors between New Zealand and its third-largest trading partner, the USA.  Winners of the importer, exporter, tourism and bilateral services award categories receive an Economy Plus® Round Trip Ticket to the USA from United Airlines.


Zespri International (Exporter of the Year over $10 million & 2017 Supreme Award)

Wes Jones (Baldwins) and Graham Lintott (President AmChamNZ)

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