Farming is in the blood

Farming is in the blood


Taste the difference with Wattie’s tomatoes, proudly grown in the Hawke’s Bay by the Apatu family. Look for the NZ Grown label on pack.

VINE RIPENED TOMATOES FROM THE APATU FARMS

Vine ripened tomatoes from the apatu farms

Farming is in the blood of the Apatu family. Apatu Farms was started by Ken Apatu 41 years ago, supplying tomatoes to Wattie’s. Today his sons Mark and Paul continue the family business and are still proudly supplying Wattie’s tomatoes for canning. Their business is a major contributor to New Zealand's export market and supplier to some of the biggest food brands in New Zealand.  


Apatu Farms continue their long standing relationship with Wattie’s supplying not only tomatoes but other crops for canning. This season Mark and Paul will grow over 2.5 million tomato vines providing Wattie’s vine ripened tomatoes that will be used to produce their range of flavoured tomatoes. From their farm in the sunny Hawke's Bay they will also grow beetroot, sweetcorn and butternuts for Wattie’s.


Apatu Farms also includes vineyards in their portfolio as well as livestock, finishing lamb and beef. Apatu Farms, two brothers, one farm and a great New Zealand success story.

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Our Tomato Seeds

Tomato Seeds

Our tomato seeds are planted with tender care (all 6.6 million of them) and then treated to 125 days of Hawke's Bay sun for the juiciest, red, NZ Grown tomatoes to harvest in summer.

Learn more about our passionate growers below

'PLUMTASTIC' GROWERS – MIKE AND JULIE RUSSELL

Proudly grown in the sunny Hawke’s Bay by our passionate plum growers - Mike and Julie Russell. Look for the NZ Grown label and taste the difference!

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Peaches

Proudly grown in the sunny Hawke’s Bay by generations of the Burbury family – our passionate growers. Look for the NZ Grown label and taste the difference!

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NZ Grown Tomatoes
Easy Paella

Family favourite recipes with Wattie's canned tomatoes

With a can of Wattie’s Tomatoes in the cupboard you always have the beginnings of a great meal! Click here forsome of favourites to get you inspired.

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Farming is in the blood
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