New Zealand Mānuka Group company founder, Phil Caskey, was presented with the Beca Export Achievement Award at the 2016 Bay of Plenty Export Awards. Recognised for his driving entrepreneurial spirit and bringing new income opportunities to remote coastal communities, Phil is an inspirational leader to his team and the wider community.
The Beca Export Achievement award is also known as the award for the unsung heroes of the business community. Presented each year to an individual within an export business, the award recognises a material contribution to their export success.
“Phil Caskey’s vision and determination to establish a business that has a real commitment to benefiting communities everywhere, is a significant achievement in its own right,” commented the judges. “We were impressed with the infectious enthusiasm and dedication that Phil applies in all aspects of his work; he is an inspirational leader to his team and truly cares about his impact in the wider community.”
Since founding New Zealand Mānuka Group, Phil has worked tirelessly to establish supply partnerships, direct research and development projects, develop harvesting and production facilities and, most importantly of all, create transparent and fair partnership agreements which has seen landowners and remote coastal communities gain new income and employment opportunities.
“What is happening now is the realisation of a vision we had 20-years ago which has only been possible through the support of everyone involved in this business, both directly and indirectly,” explains Phil. “We always wanted to see tangible benefits returned to the landowners. Education and empowerment are an important part of what we do.”
While winning the Export Achievement Award is a clear acknowledgement of Phil’s incredible work and business success, he is more proud of the results he is now seeing in the local communities throughout the East Cape region.
“The off-shoot of our land-share agreements is that new enterprise is now developing all around the East Cape,” says Phil. “The tangible benefits can be seen in those communities who are taking their own initiatives and moving forward with new ideas themselves.”
CEO, Karl Gradon, also congratulated Phil as a very deserving winner, “Phil is an inspiration to us all. It is through his leadership and vision that we have reached these heights and, at a personal level, I congratulate him for his tireless efforts often at great personal sacrifice.”
New Zealand Mānuka Group is abuzz after winning two coveted Export Awards. Recognised for their incredible achievements and focus on innovation, Export BOP judges named New Zealand Mānuka Group this year’s winner of the Page Mcrae Engineering Innovation in Export Award.
The Innovation in Export award recognises Bay of Plenty businesses displaying outstanding innovation in exporting. The winner must illustrate how innovative strategies and practices have contributed to exporting success.
Judges were particularly impressed with New Zealand Mānuka Group’s “matrix of innovative science, an ethos of environmental sustainability and smart investment in know-how and people capability.”
“New Zealand Mānuka Group is connecting local communities and their natural resources with customers and consumers worldwide for highly differentiated, highly prized, natural essential oils and health products that are uniquely New Zealand,” the judges explained.
Innovation is nothing new for the business which began on this path in the ‘90s when Phil Caskey created and patented the first medical device product made from pharmaceutical grade Manuka honey.
“Today, New Zealand Mānuka Group is continuing this evolution of innovation through identifying the triketones compound found in East Cape Mānuka oil,” says company founder, Phil Caskey. “There is a real and pressing need for natural healthcare options now that we are running out of antibacterial compounds, as bacteria becomes resistant to most modern synthetic pharmaceutical products.”
The registration of the MβTK™ (Mānuka oil beta triketones) mark is another recent innovation which was established to provide credibility to the antibacterial properties in Mānuka oil as well as providing measurable, quantifiable evidence with regard to the potency and efficacy of the triketone compound.
Ever humble, Phil Caskey is the first to pass credit to the support of the wider team and in particular to the landowners and local communities where the Mānuka plantations are being developed, “Without their support and efforts none of this would be possible.”
CEO, Karl Gradon, agrees that recognition for the achievement is something everyone at New Zealand Mānuka Group can be very proud of, “Winning the Innovation Award for our MBTK oils is a wonderful achievement and a credit to everyone here.”