Our Company

Exception Limited was established in 2000 by Arie van der Houwen.
The horticultural business covers 3 hectares of state of the art glasshouses located in Pukekohe, New Zealand..
Exception Limited is a privately owned and operated business, free from shareholders, therefore operating without influence or stress for better short term gains.

Our key operating initiative attaches the utmost importance to deal respectfully with both people and the environment.

Our Company is a people focused company, drawing from the inspiration and dedication of its staff.
Exception Limited currently employs around 20 full time permanent staff with many seasonal casual employees (from all cultural backgrounds) joining us throughout the year.
A variety of Telegraph cucumbers and Snack Cucs are grown in our automated climate controlled glasshouses in Pukekohe using effective and sustainable growing techniques incorporating the leading edge of pest control integrated pest management (IPM).
The facility includes a grading and packing customised packhouse to ensure careful handling and quality control. The premises met all modern requirements for food safety.


We use natural pest control and our varieties are not genetically modified.

Availability from January to December
Seasonally, we also distribute around the Pacific Rim via one of our marketing partners

A high intake of fruit and vegetables reduces coronary heart disease (CHD)1

House of Taste Telegraph cucumbers and Snack Cucs are now registered with fuelled4life and have been classified by the Food ad Beverage Classification System (FBCS) nutrient criteria as an everyday food. This means that an everyday food is the healthiest choice and we are encouraged to promote this food in canteen menu planning for schools and early childhood education(ECE) services.

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Useful websites:

Vegetables New Zealand


The Heart Foundation link