Alliance Group is a proud co-operative which processes and markets sheep, beef and venison products of the highest quality, benefiting from world-class technology, production techniques, the proud heritage and the very best grass-fed red meat.
Today, the Invercargill-based Alliance Group is owned by approximately 5000 farmer shareholders and is the world’s largest processor and exporter of sheepmeat. It is also the only 100% farmer-owned co-operative in the red meat sector.
David Surveyor, Chief Executive of Alliance Group, pictured, says the co-operative model delivers a short and certain supply chain, offering a quality guarantee that meets the taste and tenderness requirements of the world’s most discerning customers.
“The clean, lush pastures of New Zealand, meticulous production values, world-class technology all contribute to New Zealand’s reputation for producing genuine quality lamb, venison and beef. Alliance Group is committed to the highest levels of environmental sustainability, ethical production and quality. Our products bring together the quality and experience of New Zealand farmers with the expertise of New Zealand’s leading meat processing company,” he says.
Alliance Group has eight processing plants strategically located throughout the South Island and lower North Island. Approximately six million lambs, one million sheep, 200,000 cattle and 115,000 deer are processed annually with Pure South-branded products then exported to 65 countries.
”From our offices in the United Kingdom and North America, we have forged strong links with leading retail chains. In other markets such as China, our extensive network of distributors and agencies supports our commitment to customer service.”
Alliance Group is implementing a strategy to build a better business.
“Our strategy is to drive efficiency improvements and sales and marketing gains to deliver increased prices to farmers and pull through increased livestock volumes that will then allow us to further lower costs and reinvest in the business.
“We have seven strategic pillars that underpin this strategy – co-operative principles, improving safety, building organisational capacity, lowering costs, farmer supply, capturing market value and transforming business shape.”
Alliance is a proud member of Cooperative Business NZ and the co-op’s contribution to the business sector since 1948 was officially recognised in 2014. CBNZ Chair Jonathan Lee, left, presented Alliance Chairman Murray Taggart with a long service award at the Annual General Meeting of CBNZ held that year in Auckland.