Ownership and Management

ANZCO is 100% owned by Japan’s Itoham Yonekyu. Our management team is based in New Zealand, with the full support of Itoham Yonekyu and the ANZCO board, ensuring ANZCO Foods continues to position itself as a leader in the New Zealand food sector


Graeme Harrison, KNZM


In June 2011, Chairman of ANZCO Foods, Graeme Harrison, was awarded a knighthood for his services to, and achievements within, the agribusiness sector.

Sir Graeme has worked in various roles associated with the New Zealand meat industry since 1973, spending more than one third of his time resident overseas. From a Mid Canterbury farming family and as an MA (Hons) graduate, he was briefly with the Department of Trade and Industry before joining the New Zealand Meat Producers Board. There he became a Deputy Chief Executive, before founding what is now ANZCO Foods, in 1984. After 20 years as Managing Director, he became ANZCO’s Chairman in 2004.

In 1995 ANZCO relinquished any remaining association with the New Zealand Meat Producers Board, when Sir Graeme led a management buyout of shares held by the Board and Huttons Kiwi. In 2001, Itoham Foods, Nippon Suisan and Directors and Management became ANZCO's shareholders. On 1 January 2018, Itoham Yonekyu became the sole shareholder in ANZCO, following an earlier shareholding change in 2015.

Outside the ANZCO Group, Sir Graeme, in his early career, was a member of joint industry missions to the Middle East and North Africa. He served on leading industry organisations, including the Council of the Meat Industry Association, and as a director of Meat & Wool New Zealand, the New Zealand Meat Board and the consortium New Zealand Lamb Company in North America.

He has also, since their establishment, been Managing Director of ANZCO’s two joint ventures with Itoham Foods, Five Star Beef and Itoham New Zealand. A natural entrepreneur, Sir Graeme actively champions New Zealand agribusiness, and sees a huge potential for the agricultural, forestry, seafood and mineral sectors. In addition, Sir Graeme’s commitment to developing export opportunities involves being an independent director of Westland Milk Products, a board member of Sealord, and chairman of the New Zealand International Business Forum. In 2010, Sir Graeme was named Federated Farmers’ Agribusiness person of the year.

Sir Graeme is a passionate promoter of a positive future for New Zealand agribusiness and his knighthood recognises his personal contribution, as well as the importance of a sector that comprises the largest part of the New Zealand economy, in terms of exports. While his down-to-earth approach means he just wants to be called ‘Graeme’ around the office, Sir Graeme is humbled by the honour.

When not involved in business, Sir Graeme keeps fit running half and full marathons, as well as gardening. He has a keen interest in current affairs, history and travel, along with books, movies and music. He is also an avid rugby follower.