As you will be aware, BDO Partners Andrew Bethell and Andrew McKay were appointed as Receivers/Administrators of the Sunfruit Group (see below for the respective companies this involves).
Due to the circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administrators applied to the High Court for an extension to the convening period in respect of Sunfruit Orchards Limited (Administrators Appointed). A similar extension was sought in relation to the employee liability period and lease liability period. The extensions have been granted by the High Court to 28 October 2020. Please see below for the sealed court orders to this effect. This means that the Watershed Meeting is now required to be held on or before 4 November 2020, being 5 working days from 28 October 2020. If a successful outcome can be achieved earlier than 28 October 2020, the Administrators will likely call the Watershed Meeting at an earlier date (on notice to all creditors).
Similarly, the Receivers applied to the High Court for an extension to the employee liability period to 28 October 2020 for the relevant companies in Receivership. This extension has also been granted by the High Court. Please see below for the sealed court orders to this effect.
As an essential business, The Receivers/Administrators continue to trade the Sunfruit Group over this period.
Should you have any queries, please direct them to [email protected] or [email protected] for the respective entity.
Sunfruit Group – Receivers/Administrators
24 January 2020
BDO Partners Andrew Bethell and Andrew McKay have been appointed joint and several receivers and managers for the following companies:
- Sunfruit Pack and Cool (Hawkes Bay) Limited (In Receivership)
- Pickmee Fruit Company Limited (In Receivership)
- Pacific Pack and Cool Limited (In Receivership)
- Sunfruit Pack and Cool Limited (In Receivership)
- Fruition Properties Limited (In Receivership)
- Everwondered Limited (In Receivership)
The above named Companies, and Sunfruit Orchards Limited (Administrators Appointed) to which Mr Bethell and Mr McKay were appointed as joint and several administrators on 20 December 2019, collectively the “Sunfruit Group”, will continue to trade.
The Sunfruit Group currently employs approximately 230 people across the Waikato and Hawkes Bay regions. It is the intention of the Receivers and Administrators to carry on with business as normal, including harvesting the apple crop, processing and packing for sale. This is likely to require more staff going forward.
The Receivers and Administrators will be commencing a sale process for the Sunfruit Group shortly and interested parties are requested to contact us directly.
The Receivers’ address is:
Sunfruit Pack and Cool (Hawkes Bay) Limited (In Receivership), or
Pickmee Fruit Company Limited (In Receivership), or
Pacific Pack and Cool Limited (In Receivership), or
Sunfruit Pack and Cool Limited (In Receivership), or
Fruition Properties Limited (In Receivership), or
Everwondered Limited (In Receivership).
P O Box 2219
Creditor Forms for each company
Sunfruit Pack and Cool (Hawkes Bay) Limited Creditors Formal Notice
PICKMEE FRUIT COMPANY LIMITED Creditors Formal Notice
Pacific Pack and Cool Limited Creditors Formal Notice
Sunfruit Pack and Cool Limited - Creditors Formal Notice
Fruition Properties Limited Creditors Formal Notice
Everwondered Creditors Formal Notice
Receivership Employees – Section 32 Court Orders
Sunfruit Group Sale
Sunfruit Group Businesses for Sale
BDO appointed as administrators for Sunfruit Orchards Limited
19 December 2019
BDO Partners Andrew Bethell and Andrew McKay have been appointed joint and several administrators for the Sunfruit Orchards Limited.
The purpose of the Voluntary Administration is to actively engage with creditors, staff and other stakeholders to achieve a result which provides a better outcome for creditors than other formal processes. The Administrators will continue to operate the orchards throughout the Administration while the Administrators assess the position to seek a solution that benefits creditors, staff, and other stakeholders.
Sunfruit Orchards Limited currently employs approximately 160 staff on orchards in the Waikato and Hawkes Bay regions and the Administrators will be meeting with staff as a priority.
The Administrators will hold a meeting with creditors within eight working days in Hastings. Creditors will be advised directly of these meetings, through public notices and on BDO’s website.
The Administrators will focus on their engagement with affected stakeholders and do not intend to make further comment until after the above creditor meetings.
The Administrators’ address is:
Sunfruit Orchards Limited
P O Box 2219
First Meeting Proxy Form
Notice of First Meeting of Creditors
Creditor Claim Form
Letter to Creditors
Guide for Creditors
Sealed Orders – Permission to be Administrators
Application to act as Administrators
Sealed Orders – Time Extension 20 December 2019