Jan Benes

Managing Director APAC

Jan has 24 years of experience in the kiwifruit industry in Executive and Director roles, specializing in post harvest and logistics. Jan is a member of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Council and a grower of kiwifruit. Jan's main areas of focus within the Jace Group are Auckland Pack and Cool, Mount Pack and Cool and Pure Pollen Limited.

021 271 0061



Brendon Lee

General Manager Operations

Brendon has many years experience in the Kiwifruit industry, previously a Site Manager for Seeka. As GM Operations, and a shareholder of both Apac and Mpac, Brendon is responsible for all operations along with overseeing new projects. He also actively manages the Auckland Growers Supply Group Ltd interests in relation to grower payments and pool management.

P 09 267 9205


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Nik Dyer

Post Harvest Business Manager

Nik was previously a Packing Operations Manager at Mpac's Tauriko site in the Bay of Plenty. After moving to Auckland in late 2019 Nik now manages the day to day management activities of Apac.

P 09 267 9205



Tui Clarke

Grower Liaison Manager

Tui manages the interface between APAC and our growers providing a range of year round services including technical bulletins and field days. She keeps growers informed of the latest advances in kiwifruit management. At harvest time Tui audits pickers to ensure fruit quality is maintained. If you are interested in packing with APAC please contact Tui.

Phone: 027 6583325





Michael Schwed

Client Liaison Apac Northland, Northland Manager for Groplus Ltd.

Formerly from the Bay of Plenty, Mike has enjoyed a successful career in the export kiwifruit sector holding a number of senior field and post-harvest roles, before having a stint in the wine industry most recently as General Manager for Cellar Select.

P 027 8397883


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Lia Talataina Mu

Office Manager

Lia manages the accounts administrations and during packing season Lia is also responsible for grower reporting.  

P 09 267 9205



John Gray

Operations Manager

John has worked in kiwifruit for over 20 years and has a wide range of experience in orchard activities. He coordinates the harvest, APAC spraying, mowing, mulching, spray diaries, Kerepehi Coolstore, pollination, crop estimates and the packhouse packaging.

P 021 520935


Gurinderpal Singh

Orchard Manager

Gurinderpal has been working with Kiwifruit for over 20 years and manages 65ha of orchards the Tuakau/Pukekawa area of South Auckland. Gurinderpal also owns his own orchard growing Hayward and GA varieties.

P 021 2461304


Gurmandeep Singh

Orchard Manager

Gurman recently joined our team of orchard managers.  He developed his orchard skills in the BOP and now manages over 50 ha of both Hayward and G3 across South Auckland.  Gurman places a strong emphasis on maximising canopy development to achieve high yields.

P 0278374072



Mandeep Pannu

Quality and Compliance Manager

Mandeep ensures both growers and the packhouse meet Zespri’s exacting standards of high quality in fruit grade, pest and diseases and food safety. Mandeep manages a team of qualified Quality Control staff.

P 09 2679205



Kiran Suresh

EDI Supervisor

P 09 2679205



Elaine Marx

EDI Manager

Elaine manages the Electronic Data Input (EDI) team who are responsible for documenting fruit as it is packed. They generate the pallet cards to ensure shipping specifications are met, as well as providing all electronic data required for shipping the trays all around the world.

P 09 2679205



Felix Raju

Production Supervisor

P 09 2679205  


Phil Goodall

Orchard Sprayer Operator

Phil manages spraying of 130ha of our South Auckland orchards. During the harvest season Phil continues with spraying, assists with loading and unloading of trucks, and delivers kiwifruit to the packhouse.

P 027 5553341


Garth Leslie

Orchard Mowing and Mulching

Garth manages the mowing and mulching of our South Auckland orchards. During the harvest season Garth assists with loading and unloading of trucks.    

P 027 4063019


Anthony Benes

Packhouse Operations Manager

Anthony oversees packhouse operations, ensuring production runs smoothly according to the packing plan, as well as ensuring production meets supply requests in terms of volume, size, pack type, labelling and quality set by ZESPRI. Anthony contacts growers when their fruit is being packed.

P 027 7214266


Jessica Gray

Payroll and Accounts Administrator

Jess manages the Payroll and Accounts Payable & Receivable. 

P 09 2679205


Shane Symonds

Orchard Maintenance Technician

Shane manages the irrigation on our orchards in South Auckland. He is also involved in structure repairs, frost protection and pollination. During harvest Shane is involved in loading and unloading trucks on orchards.

P 021 990876