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


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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