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Up to 80 new jobs open up at EastPack lab test­ing ser­vice

- Business · Bay of Plenty RU · Katikati

Upto 80newlo­cal jobs rang­ing from field sam­plers to lab tech­ni­cians and su­per­vi­sors have been cre­ated to fill de­mand­for sam­pling and test­ing dur­ing the ki­wifruit sea­son from Jan­uary to June.

EastPack chief ex­ec­u­tive Hamish Sim­son says he is de­lighted to an­nounce the launch of the com­pany’s fully in­de­pen­dent com­mer­cial sam­ple col­lec­tion and lab test­ing ser­vice— Pin­point

Lab­o­ra­tory Ser­vices.

Pin­point has been con­firmed by Ze­spri as one of the test­ing providers for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 sea­sons.

“Fol­low­ing a ro­bust and suc­cess­ful ten­der process to col­lect and test a por­tion of the in­dus­try vol­ume, weare build­ing anewlab fa­cil­ity at our

Quar­ryRd­site in Te Puke, as the fore­casted vol­umewill re­quire a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in cur­rent lab size and ca­pac­ity.”

The­new­pur­pose-built lab fa­cil­ity will be­u­pand run­ning by early in the­New Year, ready for the Pin­point team to start the 2021 sea­son.

“The Pin­point team will be col­lect­ing and test­ing sam­ples from al­lo­cated or­chards across the Bay of Plenty andwelook for­ward to of­fer­ing an­other great ser­vice to our re­gion’s grow­ers.”

Op­er­a­tions man­ager of Pin­point, Sasha Thom­son, says the sam­pling and ma­tu­rity clear­ance test­ing ser­vice is an es­sen­tial part of in­dus­try frame­work and helps grow­ers­make in­formed de­ci­sions about the best time to har­vest their crop. Tomeet de­mand, they are cur­rently re­cruit­ing for sea­sonal sam­ple col­lec­tors, lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cians, su­per­vi­sors and other key roles.

“Full train­ing is pro­vided for all of our roles. The field sam­pling roles are out­doors, driv­ing to or­chardswith­in the area fromOpotik­i to Katikati and col­lect­ing ki­wifruit sam­ples. Our lab­based roles are in ournewlab­o­ra­tory in Te Puke.”

Job­seek­ers can find out­more on­line at www.pin­point­labs.co.nz.

 ??  ?? EastPack chief ex­ec­u­tive Hamish Sim­son.
EastPack chief ex­ec­u­tive Hamish Sim­son.

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