[22 November/NZ Herald]

Zespri has taken out top honours as Company of the Year in the 2018 Top 200 Awards. Having obtained Most Improved Performance and Best Growth Strategy in previous years, this year the judges recognised that its superb returns represent the culmination of its long-term premium brand-led strategy. Peter McBride, the Zespri Chairman, was awarded New Zealand Herald Chairperson of the Year, with the judges praising his understated style as a consultative chair, running a highly cohesive, functional board. Restaurant Brands chief executive Russel Creedy was named Chief Executive Officer of the Year. After being a finalist in the category last year, Sanford, the listed fishing company, took out the Excellence in Governance award. Fourteen companies made their debut on the Top 200 this year. Most notable was poultry producer Inghams, which debuted at 109th place with revenue of $396 million.