Vice President of Licensing, Sun World Innovations (Australia) (US)
Garth started his 38-year career in the horticultural industry working in New Zealand’s fruit production sector in the early 1980’s, specifically in apples, kiwifruit and stone fruit. This was followed by a short stint in Chile during the early days of the kiwifruit industry.
He then spent four years in Tasmania working for the state to help develop the wine grape, fruit and floral industries.
Following that, he returned to New Zealand to work in exports of fresh produce to Japan, Southeast Asia and the U.S., later moving onto mainland Australia to work in the irrigated regions of the Murray Valley. There he spent 18 years in Mildura working as an independent consultant in grapes, citrus, stone fruit, nuts and other horticultural crops. Seven years ago, he joined Sun World as Licensing Manager for Australia and in 2016 took on the role of Vice President of Licensing, responsible for the six global offices and overseeing the importation, testing and commercialisation of Sun World’s new grape and stone fruit varieties.
Garth holds a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Lincoln University, a postgraduate diploma in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Queensland.