Mr Simon Watson

The New Zealand Hothouse Group

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Simon Watson has spent the last 25 years in the fresh produce industry. He joined the NZ Hothouse Group in 1994 and is Director of marketing, product development and compliance.

The NZ Hothouse Group (NZHH) is a 100% NZ owned and operated private company founded by Brett Wharfe 35 years ago. Today the Group employs more than 400 full time staff.

NZHH operate in the Franklin District about 50kms south of Auckland. A tomato specialist, they are NZ's largest producer of baby or cherry tomatoes supplying supermarkets, specialty retailers and providores nationwide.

A key growing philosophy is the use of IPM or the use of beneficial insects to replace harmful chemicals.

Export has been a major focus of the group in recent years and issues of food integrity and the importance of provenance are front and center to their philosophies.

Companies in the group include:

  • NZ Hothouse Ltd (Marketing and Corporate services)
  • KPH Produce Ltd (Packer and processor)
  • KPH Transport Ltd (Transport and logistics)
  • The Underglass Group Ltd (Growing Division)
  • South Seas Exports Ltd (Export Division)