John Jackson – Director (Trade Member)

John Jackson has been involved in the potato industry for more than 25 years and is currently Agriculture Director, McCain Foods Australia and New Zealand, with experience in crop procurement, strategic planning and operations.

John began his career over 30 years ago for J Wattie Canneries in Timaru with their vegetable processing operation. John was involved from the inception of McCain Foods, the country’s first manufacturing operation which now has two processing plants in New Zealand. These produce in excess of 160,000 tonnes of potatoes and vegetables annually with a permanent workforce of more than 300 employees nationwide.

John is passionate about New Zealand potatoes domestic and international brand, and hopes the new Potatoes New Zealand Board will work to generate more overseas opportunities for the wider New Zealand potato community.

Location: Timaru – (currently based in Australia)

Mobile: +61 (409) 478 619


  • Board – Interim Board 2012-13, Board 2013, re-elected Board 2014
  • Sub Committees – Research & Development Group (Potatoes product group and PNZ Inc.) until 2014