History & Values

 
 

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

We certify and accredit over 750 producers, farmers and manufacturers across New Zealand and the Pacific.

Since the 1st 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:

  • Animal Health Products

  • Apiary

  • Aquaculture

  • Composting

  • Cropping

  • Dairy

  • Exporters and Importers

  • Food Processors and Manufacturers

  • Fruit and Vegetable packing and cool storage

  • Health and Body Care (Organic and Natural)

  • Input manufacture

  • Livestock Feed and Feed Manufacturers

  • Livestock Production

  • Mushroom Production

  • Natural Harvest

  • Orchard

  • Pet foods

  • Poultry and Egg Production

  • Retail

  • Service provider

  • Sprouts

  • Textiles

  • Viticulture

  • Wholesale and Distribution

  • Winemaking

What sets BioGro apart?

1. Customer service
We are trusted by over 750 clients (licensees) throughout New Zealand and the Pacific. We’ve built the trust of our clients by being open, knowledgeable and collaborative. Our Initial Contact Meetings inform and assist individuals and businesses looking to become certified organic.

BioGro's team of experts are 100% committed to organics, sustainability and assisting your business in becoming certified.

2. Experience and knowledge
BioGro has been at the forefront of the organics movement for over 35 years. We provide our licensees and customers with on-going support and technical advice throughout the certification process. We help anyone looking to become certified organic every step of the way.

3. Trusted standards and programmes
BioGro wrote some of New Zealand’s first organic standards. Our standards are recognised and trusted throughout the world and within key international markets.

We also offer a range of different certification programmes to suit the needs of our members.

4. Recognised brand and logo
Our logo has become synonymous with certified organics. Our logo shows consumers what to look for when buying organic produce. All our certified members carry our trademark on their products to assure their customers that the product is made without synthetic chemicals, GMO and animal testing.

5. Overseas market access
Organics is riding a surge in popularity; across the globe, sales of organic food and produce are burgeoning and will only continue to grow. We have taken steps to gain international accreditations to continue providing overseas market access to our licensees. BioGro now has accreditation for eight countries. We’re really proud of that.

History

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.

Over 30 years later, BioGro is New Zealand's largest certifier for organic produce and products, a non-government organisation and a registered charity.

Mission statement

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

Values

Our founding philosophy and values are as fundamental to our success now as they were 35 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