AIGN renews relationships: Prevar
Prevar and the Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN) confirmed their ongoing partnership by signing a new agreement to cover the next decade.
Jim Mclean, chairman of the Prevar board and Lynnell Brandt, president and chairman of the AIGN board held a signing ceremony in Havelock North on February 25 to celebrate the extension of the service agreement between the two companies.
Prevar was established to globally commercialise new apple and pear cultivars bred in New Zealand by crown research organisation Plant & Food Research (PFR). Prevar is a joint venture company with three shareholders: Apples and Pears NZ (which was created after pipfruit deregulation in New Zealand in 2001), Plant & Food Research and Apple & Pear Australia. The aim of Prevar is to assist Australian and New Zealand growers achieve sustainable profits from new varieties.
Jim Mclean spoke of the partnership that has developed between the two companies. “Prevar and AIGN have worked together to protect and commercialise a number of new Prevar varieties including Rockit, Dazzle, Smitten, Cherish and Lemonade apples as well as Piqa Boo and Reddy Robin pears”.
AIGN is a worldwide organisation linking nurserymen in the major fruit growing areas of the world including Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and North America. AIGN specialises in global management of intellectual property, including the introduction, protection, testing and evaluation of new products in each AIGN region, and developing coordinated marketing plans for tree sales and commercial fruit product launches.the goal is to maximise the return to the owner and stakeholders. This new agreement has a term of 10 years with possibilities for five-year extensions.