Stuart set up and managed his own kiwifruit orchard while working for the NZ Fruitgrowers Federation in Nelson. He joined the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board in Nelson 1988 and transferred to Belgium (Port of Zeebrugge) as Operations Manager during 1990–93, overseeing reefer ship performance, fruit storage and dispatching orders throughout Europe.
In 1993 Stuart returned to New Zealand with Zespri & managed the implementation of KiwiGreen and Organic kiwifruit programmes. KiwiGreen is now the ‘standard' production system for all NZ kiwifruit growers.
Stuart Chaired the Organic Products Exporters of New Zealand 1999 - 2001.
Stuart became Zespri's Technology Transfer Manager in 2000 leading a team responsible for the delivery of science and best practice production advice to 2,500 growers. He concurrently managed the 'Taste Zespri' programme, a unique method of predicting how fruit will taste by using dry matter measurements at various stages of the growth cycle.
Stuart joined AgriSea in 2003, manufacturing seaweed fertilisers and became a Director of the Avalon Training Institute (sheltered workshop for the disabled).
In 2005 Stuart joined the Jenkins Group and moved to Albury, NSW, Australia as General Manager and Executive Director of J-Tech Systems. He left J-Tech in 2014 to support Greefa Automation throughout Australia.
Early in 2019 Stuart returned to Tauranga (NZ) and became involved with Start Afresh assisting with research trials in kiwifruit.
Email: Stuart.Abbott@startafresh.co.nz; Phone: 021 117 5886