Watch a clip from Country Calendar of Jax and Bill Lee speaking about their involvement within the truffle industry. Dec 2016
Kings Truffles Team
Kings Truffles was founded by Bill Lee who is also now the Managing Director (and head tractor driver). His daughter, Jax Lee, is the General Manager in a largely family operated business. Kings Truffles is governed by a Board consisting of three Directors (including the MD) all of whom have had varied and extensive business experiences, including business start-ups.
Bill has a Masters degree in Agricultural Science and was a Nuffield Farming Scholar. He has spent considerable time in France and Australia gaining expertise both in truffle-infecting technology and general husbandry of tree and truffle management. Since 2003 and 2006, Bill and Jax, retrospectively, have been involved in all aspects of the truffle industry; producing and selling truffle-infected seedlings (which have since produced truffles); hands on experience growing and managing trees; producing their own truffles; and marketing and selling them. Kings Truffles is one of the largest truffle-growing, New Zealand owned, operation in NZ, with over 5000 trees based in North Canterbury and Banks Peninsula.
With hard work, a lot of sweat, a few tears and even more laughs the team at Kings Truffles are proud to be part of the ever growing New Zealand truffle industry. The experience the team brings is essential. Combined with innovation and an open mind to learn more and develop accordingly, Kings Truffles strives to ensure delivery of the best quality black truffle in the world.
“After researching the truffle industry for two or more years and buying our 1.5 hectare block of land in Temuka to join the truffle industry, the consultation we received from Kings Truffle gave Dawne and I the confidence to move onto the next step and make our dream become a reality. From the bare block of land we had to prepare then planting of the trees and getting the irrigation in… We look forward to our future within the truffle industry and our on-going working relationship with Bill and Jax”