Plus Group

The Plus Group of Companies offers a range of uniquely integrated horticultural solutions both domestically and internationally. Its core passion is the long-term sustainability of horticulture delivered to our valued clients through service excellence, experience and innovation.

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GroPlus

GroPlus provides a world class kiwifruit orchard management service that maximises grower returns and delivers to our customers’ service excellence, product superiority and innovation.

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Pollen Plus

Pollen Plus is one of the world's largest suppliers of high quality Male Kiwifruit Pollen and artificial pollination services and solutions. Our products are available internationally and New Zealand wide.

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BioSoil

BioSoil & Crop specialises in sampling and analysing soil and tissues of perennial crop plants and making nutrient recommendations based on these results.

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Business North: Robotics manufacturer eyes partners
Business North: Robotics manufacturer eyes partners
3 February 2017

Robotics Plus is exploring partnerships to move its new robotic apple packer into commercial production, says company chief technical officer and one of the directors, Alistair Scarfe. The company has run prototype tests with four of the apple packers operating in packhouses in Nelson and two...

Rural Delivery profiled Robotics Plus on Television New Zealand
Rural Delivery profiled Robotics Plus on Television New Zealand
2 February 2017

Crewing orchards is notoriously difficult in New Zealand. Combined with growing challenges such as better pollination systems, robust quality control and traceability and cost competitive practice, the time was ripe for automation innovation in horticulture. Robotics Plus is proving that automated...

Plus Group's robotics arm ready to ramp up
Plus Group's robotics arm ready to ramp up
24 September 2016

Steve Saunders says his Plus Group of companies is now in a strong position to scale up its Robotics Plus unit's operations. Plus Group chief executive Tina Jennen was stepping down early next month for a new role running food testing company Eurofins' new Bay of Plenty unit, having helped...

Innovative Bay companies impress MP
Innovative Bay companies impress MP
24 September 2016

Innovative Bay businesses are one of the major reasons why the country's economy is growing healthily, says National MP Gerry Brownlee. With Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller as his guide, Gerry visited several local companies who are at the forefront of their respective industries during a tour of...

Robots must be affordable to be useful
Robots must be affordable to be useful
21 September 2016

Robotics will play a huge role in the future of horticulture, but it is no use building robots no one can afford, says Steve Saunders, founding director of Newman Park Innovation Centre, Tauranga. “Food prices will not spike so much that you can afford to have a $1 million machine...

RPL named as finalists in four categories at the NZ Innovation Awards
RPL named as finalists in four categories at the NZ Innovation Awards
6 September 2016

Announced today are the finalists who represent game changing innovation from every corner of the country, with new ventures, products and services from a broad range of industries and business disciplines. Finalists in the New Zealand Innovation Awards 2016 demonstrate that Kiwi innovation is...

Robotic technology coming to orchards
Robotic technology coming to orchards
31 August 2016

Robotics Plus Ltd (RPL) is developing mechanisation, automation, robotic and sensor technologies for horticulture and other primary industries to achieve new levels of productivity. In what some have called the "packhouse of the future", RPL's Robotic Apple Packer arranges fruit on...

Robots and drones the future in horticulture
Robots and drones the future in horticulture
5 August 2016

The use of robots, drones and automated systems are the future when it comes to enhancing efficiency and productivity within the horticulture industry. Technological developments were the focus during the second day of the New Zealand Horticulture Conference held at the Rutherford...

CNN Chile features Alistair Scarfe of Robotics Plus
CNN Chile features Alistair Scarfe of Robotics Plus
12 July 2016

Robotics Plus' Alistair Scarfe features in a CNN Chile story on technological advances and innovations in New Zealand. View the video here (in...

Bootstrapping helps New Zealand farmers
Bootstrapping helps New Zealand farmers
13 June 2016

The ability to innovate, seek proper and enduring solutions to problems and resilience are some of the factors that contribute to the progress of New Zealand’s agricultural sector, an expert has said. Simon Brown, General Manager, Accelerator Services, Callaghan Innovation, said that New...

Diplomats pop in to see regional businesses
Diplomats pop in to see regional businesses
1 June 2016

The Bay of Plenty was on the agenda for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's recent heads of mission visit to the regions. The group of senior New Zealand diplomats visited a selection of businesses in Tauranga and also met with local body politicians and members of the Bay of...

Robotics and Horticulture Case Study
Robotics and Horticulture Case Study
21 April 2016

Hear a presentation by Alistair Scarfe at Silicon Valley Forum's conference Transforming AgTech Conference: Digital Technology & Agriculture in 2016 on 'How Robotics will change the world of horticulture harvesting & pollination'. Click here to view the...

Grant brings orchard robots closer
Grant brings orchard robots closer
7 October 2014

Plus Group's RoboticsPlus is part of a research partnership that has won a $7.5 million research grant from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, which will help the company commercialise automated systems for harvesting fruit and spraying pollen in orchards. The Autonomous...

Orchard Robots Poised to Begin Assisting in Harvesting Operations
Orchard Robots Poised to Begin Assisting in Harvesting Operations
1 October 2014

NEW ZEALAND - Scientists from Auckland and Waikato Universities, Plant and Food Research, and the Robotics Plus company are working on technology that could dramatically ease harvest operations in orchards. Although the technology is still in the prototype stage, Bruce MacDonald, the team's...

The Key to Taurangas Future
The Key to Taurangas Future
4 April 2014

Today a group of us had the privilege to meet with Rt Hon John Key and Hon Simon Bridges as part of a gathering with the Tauranga Young Professionals Network. The Prime Minister was in the Bay of Plenty for the day and Simon wanted to get a local group from the young pro’s together. Everyone...

Robots planned for orchard work
3 April 2014

Robots could be picking fruit and doing other tasks in tomorrow's kiwifruit and apple orchards. Scientists from Auckland and Waikato Universities as well as Plant and Food Research, and the Robotics Plus company, are collaborating on a four-year project to develop multi-purpose technology for...

NZ Story Source video
NZ Story Source video
1 February 2014

The New Zealand Story from New Zealand Story on...

Prime Minister on city business
Prime Minister on city business
4 April 2013

Tauranga's innovative business sector was showcased this morning on Prime Minister John Key's trip to the city which included talks by a group of successful young professionals and a visit to co-working space Ignition. John, who is visiting Tauranga today and will later open the Port of...

Cafe Scientifique to discuss robotics technology in Tauranga
Cafe Scientifique to discuss robotics technology in Tauranga
19 June 2012

How is robotics technology changing the way we do business and how is it helping to future proof a labour-intensive industry? These are questions up for discussion at next week’s Cafe Scientifique – a six-weekly science forum in Tauranga supported by the University of Waikato. Steven...

Hi-Tech Awards Reaches New Highs
22 March 2012

Hi-Tech Awards Reaches New Highs Auckland, 22 March 2012. A record number of entries from companies across New Zealand have lifted the bar for this year's Hi-Tech Awards. Multiple finalists from Cambridge, Palmerston North and Dunedin join well over 30 finalists from the three main centres...

Massey Postgrad Student Awarded Earle Scholarship
Massey Postgrad Student Awarded Earle Scholarship
19 May 2008

Massey University postgraduate student Alistair Scarfe is one of three recipients of a Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology for 2008; it was announced today by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC). Managed by Public Trust, Alistair’s scholarship is worth $20,000....

Alistair Scarfe uses an arc welder on the forks that carry the pickers bin
Alistair Scarfe uses an arc welder on the forks that carry the pickers bin
5 May 2008

(Original article courtesy of...