It all began in 1974…
…with the founding of Mathias International Limited – proudly New Zealand owned specialist meat and seafood export company
As a business, growth and evolution has always been the order of the day. These are a few of the key milestones that have shaped our company.
|Gray Mathias starts Mathias International Limited
|Lane Walker Rudkin purchases half of Mathias International, structuring the company into four specialist divisions – Meat (export and domestic), Seafood, Other Foodstuffs and Imports.
|David Credin founds Farmlands Industries Limited in partnership with Gray Mathias.
|Mathias International purchases a share of Blue Sky Meats and Waitotara Meat Company and takes over lamb exports under the Horizon Lamb brand.
|Mathias International is sold to AFFCO and continues operating as a specialist trading and marketing company with eight offices around the world.
|Talley’s Group Limited takes a controlling interest in AFFCO and divests its interest in Mathias International to a group of private owners including Wilson Hellaby.
|Mathias International purchases Farmlands Industries Limited and the two companies begin to work closer together while still operating separately.
|Farmlands Mathias International is born as the two companies officially unite under a new shareholder group of current staff members and Wilson Hellaby.
|Farmlands Mathias International moves to its purpose-built Distribution Centre and Head Office, located close to Auckland International Airport.
|Farmlands Mathias International enters into a JV with Wholesale Meats Direct 2018 Ltd. Wholesale Meats Direct is a specialist Toll Processing and added value facility. The business operates two production sites and a handful of niche factory stores in the New Zealand market.
|An amicable deal between Wilson Hellaby Limited and Farmlands International Limited is confirmed. Farmlands International Limited has purchased 50% shareholding in Farmlands Mathias International.
From the archives
We’ve collected a fair bit of memorabilia during our time in business. Here are a few pieces from our vaults.