We process our pine nuts in a world-class facility
Pinoli Ltd is a privately-owned New Zealand company, growing Mediterranean stone pine nuts in our orchards. We process our pine nuts in a world-class facility in Marlborough, NZ. We supply domestically within NZ and export product to Europe.
The Company was started by Andy and Barbara Wiltshire in 1997 and has developed in partnership with Lee Paterson and Zoe Thompson. The founders shared a background and expertise in pine forestry, a very keen interest in fine foods and a lot of patience. Our first orchard was planted in 1998 and we have continued planting more orchards since then. We have over 500 hectares planted, with new orchards developing and our supply increasing rapidly over the next 10 years.
We have been producing pine nuts for the NZ domestic market for 9 years. Exports to Europe began in 2013. Our processing factory was built between 2013 and 2015 to bring world-class machinery and techniques to the extraction and preparation of our product. We have full New Zealand food safety audits for our facilities and processes and we continue to make minor adjustments to our process with the goal of producing the world’s best pine nuts.
We selected the Mediterranean stone pine (Pinus pinea) for our orchards because it is the most sought after pine nut in the culinary world. It is a beautiful tree, tough and resilient to dry and sunny climates, and very adaptable to cultivation. Stone pine has a long and sustained history of usage throughout Europe over thousands of years.
Pinoli pine nuts are a healthy and nutritious natural whole food. They contain the highest protein count of all nuts (34% by weight). They have an elegant shape, a delicate texture and distinctive taste. The only chemicals used in producing Pinoli pine nuts are for grass control at time of planting. After that our orchards are free of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, and our factory uses only pure filtered water and heat. We take great pride in bringing this natural and ancient food product to market from new and sustainable orchards.