History & Values


BioGro is New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products.

We certify and accredit over 600 producers, farmers and manufacturers across New Zealand and the Pacific.

Since 1 October 2016 BioGro is owned by the Soil & Health Association. The Soil & Health Association is the largest membership organisation supporting organic food and farming in New Zealand and one of the oldest organic organisations in the world, established in 1941.

The BioGro logo is the most recognised organic logo in New Zealand. BioGro certified producers carry the BioGro logo on their products to assure their customers that the organic produce they buy is genuine.

The BioGro logo guarantees that a product is made without animal testing, genetic modification and the routine use of synthetic pesticides. It is the mark of a genuine organic product.

BioGro certification is internationally recognised and accredited. This means with BioGro certification, New Zealand producers can access international markets and tap into the growing consumer demand for organic produce. BioGro assists producers to meet international organic regulations in key export markets including Europe, Canada, the US and parts of Asia.

Organic sectors

BioGro certifies businesses, growers and producers in all sectors of the organics industry, including:

  •     primary production
  •     processing
  •     wholesalers, distributors and retailers
  •     exporters and importers
  •     input manufacturers and input providers
  •     textiles, cosmetics and health & body care providers.


BioGro has been at the forefront of the organics movement for over 30 years. It all started when a group of organic pioneers came together with a common vision. This vision was to create an accredited and recognised certification body that assisted New Zealand producers looking to turn organic.

Back in 1983, Bob Crowder, Jim Kebbell and Perry Spiller formed an organics council, now known as the BioGro Society. BioGro New Zealand and its certification logo are one of three charities owned by the Society.

Mission statement

BioGro's mission is to enable a sustainable and ethical future for producers and consumers.


Our founding philosophy and values are as fundamental to our success now as they were 30 years ago.

  • Integrity and belief in what we do
  • A total commitment to and passion for organics
  • Care of our clients (certified licensees), our staff and environment