First Fresh News

First Fresh NZGAP Group Scheme

A number of our growers have already taken up the opportunity to become members of the First Fresh Group Scheme for NZGAP. 

The NZGAP group scheme allows First Fresh to sell product into NZGAP markets without each grower having to individually register and maintain NZGAP certification.

First Fresh expects to have the scheme operating by 1st of April 2014 and with 30 growers involved the costs will be around $300 a year. 


  • The group scheme is the lowest cost option for growers to access NZGAP /GAP restricted markets when compared to the costs of individual NZGAP certification.
  • All scheme members and Approved suppliers will qualify for the NZGAP element of Fresh Rewards.


  • Contact our Compliance Co-ordinator, Mathew Bannister ( or your Product Manager to confirm that you want to join the group scheme. We will then arrange the necessary paperwork to be forwarded to you for completion .
  • If you already have NZGAP certification then you can still join the scheme straight away and become an APPROVED SUPPLIER. No fees will be paid until your NZGAP certification anniversary.
  • If your NZGAP certification has lapsed then you will need to sign on as a member of the scheme, pass a First Fresh orchard inspection and complete the NZGAP checklist. Once this is done you will become an APPROVED SUPPLIER .

To register or for further information please contact:


Mathew Bannister —Compliance Co-ordinator


M: (021) 222 0393

P: (06) 869 2137