16 September 2021 - Thanks to the Warkworth Community
Southern Paprika Ltd would like to acknowledge the support and assistance from the local Warkworth community through our recent COVID-19 situation.
Whilst we were fortunate to have only a small number of staff contract the disease, we had our whole staff and their families impacted to varying degrees due to the isolation and testing process.
We were supported with generous donations from New World Warkworth in the form of care packages for all staff and families in isolation with much needed grocery items.
In addition Turners & Growers and Countdown head offices supported our staff with a large supply of produce and Mahurangi Vision Trust helped with our contactless distribution.
Warkworth Medical and Coast to Coast Healthcare, assisted by the Northland DHB, were immensely supportive as we grappled with contract tracing and implemented urgent testing systems.
And lastly, thank you to all our staff and families who dealt with the situation calmly and worked together to help each other whilst some staff were impacted for longer periods.
We are incredibly proud of the SPL team and we all acknowledge and appreciate the spirit of the community which helped us get through.
On behalf of SPL – Thank you
30 August 2021
Southern Paprika can confirm that there have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Southern Paprika in Warkworth. All close contacts at the workplace have been identified and are currently in self-isolation at home and being tested as per public health guidance. Public Health has advised us there is minimal risk of COVID-19 being transmitted via our equipment to other staff, customers and suppliers. Nevertheless, we have undertaken a comprehensive clean of our facilities as an added precaution. We remain well-staffed to continue operating business as usual, and unaffected staff have been asked to continue remaining vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms and to self-isolate and get tested should any develop. We recognise the support of the Public Health authorities and the local health organisations who have been of great assistance throughout this event. Our current priority is to support staff in isolation and we are in the process of suppling food parcels to staff and their families impacted. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Southern Paprika Limited (SPL) was formed in 1998 as a joint venture between ACL and The Levarht Company of Holland and the construction of a new 2.5 ha glasshouse commenced just outside of Warkworth which is around an hour’s drive north of Auckland.
Our company name, Southern Paprika, was created because we are in the Southern hemisphere, and in the northern hemisphere capsicums are known as Paprika. (We don’t make the red spice of the same name).
The joint venture came about as a solution to supply capsicum to Levarht’s customers in Japan from New Zealand in the Northern Hemisphere winter. (Our NZ grown capsicums are grown year round). Levarht’s international marketing experience has helped SPL grow rapidly into a large scale specialist in the capsicum market and since inception, the distribution network has strengthened and now incorporates consigning product to various supermarket chains and markets in Japan, Australia and Canada, while we try to keep up with the ever increasing domestic demand in New Zealand.
Over the years we have added additional glasshouses in 4 separate complex’s and now have a total of 27 ha of state of the art glasshouses (which includes the original 1 ha leased from ACL at Point Wells). We are New Zealand's largest single site glasshouse grower of quality capsicums.
In these 4 complex’s we have almost 1 million capsicum plants each producing around 40 capsicums per plant per season.