March 30, 2015 / Week N° 14

Archive for the New Zealand Category

Psa may develop copper treatment resistance in NZ, says KVH

November 11th, 2013

The misuse of copper sprays in New Zealand could lead to resistance in Psa bacteria, according to KVH.

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IKGA calls for independent enquiry into Zespri, NZ kiwifruit regulations

October 29th, 2013

A call for an enquiry into New Zealand’s kiwifruit system touches on “information monopoly”, grower share imbalance and UPOV.

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NZ: motive for Zespri fraud probe remains unclear

October 23rd, 2013

New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into kiwifruit company Zespri.

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NZ suspends apple exports to China

September 25th, 2013

The New Zealand apple industry has taken precautionary action after post-harvest rot was found in consignments for China.

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NZ growers left uncertain over Resource Management Act reform

September 16th, 2013

HortNZ fears for grower futures as Resource Management Act (RMA) reform gets kicked around like a “political football”.

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NZ: BBC Technologies reaches out to Latin America

September 3rd, 2013

New Zealand’s BBC Technologies Ltd. showed off its berry technology from its office in Chile.

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NZ: Zespri records positive results for SunGold kiwifruit

August 27th, 2013

Zespri’s Dan Mathieson discusses how the gold kiwifruit transition is faring in the company’s key destination markets.

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NZ: Overseas Investment Office in court over T&G clearout

August 23rd, 2013

A group of NZ kiwifruit growers is contesting BayWa’s takeover of Turners & Growers in the High Court of Wellington.

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Kiwifruit consumption lifts mood and energy, NZ study shows

August 23rd, 2013

Young male students in a New Zealand study had less fatigue and more energy when consuming two kiwifruit a day.

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HortNZ takes a stab at Australian tomatoes

August 15th, 2013

HortNZ has raised concerns over the irradiation of imported Australian tomatoes and peppers.

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NZ offers India support to sweeten apple tariff cut talks

August 14th, 2013

Pipfruit NZ will take a delegation of growers to India later this month to work on an industry cooperation agreement.

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NZ: high hopes for Zespri’s SunGold kiwifruit

August 12th, 2013

Zespri’s Nele Moorthamers discussed kiwifruit results in Europe this year and a bid to broaden marketing opportunities.

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NZ: sharp rise in profit for T&G in H1

August 8th, 2013

A strong apple program combined with increased profits on stonefruit exports have helped boost results for Turners & Growers.

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Genes determine odor sensitivity, NZ study shows

August 6th, 2013

New Zealand researchers have found genetic sensitivity for four common smells found in food.

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NZ breeder develops disease resistant asparagus

August 5th, 2013

A new asparagus cultivar in New Zealand could mean fewer fungicides for growers.

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Zespri optimistic about Psa, future in China

July 25th, 2013

New Zealand’s Zespri was upbeat about the fight against Psa and the company’s possibilities in China.

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NZ avocado exporters forge partnership for Australian sales

July 24th, 2013

New Zealand’s top two avocado exporters are now collaborating across destination markets with the formation of a new alliance.

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Ruling in Zespri smuggling case upheld by Chinese court

July 18th, 2013

A Chinese court has upheld charges against a Zespri subsidiary in a kiwifruit smuggling case.

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New Zealand implements stricter controls for Psa

July 3rd, 2013

New regulations will require New Zealand kiwifruit growers to take more extensive measures against disease.

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NZ: Zespri anticipates decline in Chinese kiwifruit market

June 27th, 2013

Vine-killing disease Psa-V may be to blame for a big drop in Zespri’s kiwifruit exports to China.

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NZ: strong take-up for Zespri Gold3 kiwifruit

June 19th, 2013

New Zealand kiwifruit company Zespri says license allocation for it Gold3 variety has been “significantly oversubscribed”.

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NZ: Giumarra anticipates start of Meyer lemon exports

June 18th, 2013

Shipments for the season will begin soon for New Zealand Meyer lemons bound for U.S. grocery stores.

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NZ: Turners & Growers appoints new CEO

June 13th, 2013

New Zealand produce company Turners & Growers has looked internally to choose its new leader.

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NZ: T&G takes full stake in Delica

June 3rd, 2013

Turners & Growers has put more money into owning one of its star performing subsidiaries from 2012.

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Organic apples “a pretty tough game”, says NZ exporter

May 20th, 2013

Washington Fujis have put the squeeze on New Zealand’s top organic apple exporter, who has found new ways to maintain sales.

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Researchers sequence draft kiwifruit genome

May 17th, 2013

U.S. and Chinese researchers have put together a draft kiwifruit genome which is now available.

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NZ apple exporters upbeat despite delays

May 9th, 2013

NZ apple growers discuss a positive season thus far and export market dynamics.

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NZ: blackcurrants linked to better work productivity

May 8th, 2013

New Zealand researchers have found blackcurrant extract enriched in anthocyanins can increase alertness .

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Oppy introduces NZ red pear “Papple” to North America

April 22nd, 2013

Oppy’s David Nelley talks about a “beacon” for the pear market and positives for Southern Hemisphere suppliers.

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NZ fruit exports rose above challenges in 2011-12

April 19th, 2013

New Zealand’s Fresh Facts report highlights a surge in avocado and kiwifruit shipments in the year to June 2012.

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Zespri to appeal Shanghai customs case

April 2nd, 2013

New Zealand’s Zespri will challenge a recent Chinese court decision over alleged kiwifruit smuggling.

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Predictions fall further for NZ kiwifruit

March 28th, 2013

Drought impacts have led an early season New Zealand kiwifruit packer to drop their season forecast.

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NZ parliament debates impacts of Zespri smuggling case

March 27th, 2013

Chinese authorities have placed a detention order on a senior Zespri official.

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Zespri found guilty of smuggling by Chinese court

March 22nd, 2013

Zespri and one of its employees have been found guilty in China of violating customs laws.

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NZ kiwifruit merger gets shareholder vote

March 15th, 2013

Shareholders in two NZ operators have approved a merger to create the country’s largest postharvest company.

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NZ: postharvest operator puts cash on the line for G3 kiwifruit conversions

March 12th, 2013

DMS is offering New Zealand kiwifruit growers incentives to switch to the Psa-tolerant gold variety G3.

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NZ: Enza Gold growers “cautiously optimistic” on Hipkins departure

March 8th, 2013

After feeling abandoned from the BayWa takeover, NZ Enza Gold growers are hopeful T&G will change tack on their variety.

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NZ: T&G records 2012 loss despite “robust” exports

March 1st, 2013

Asset write-downs and bad debt bit into Turners & Growers’ financial result for 2012.

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NZ study suggests kiwifruit disease source

February 27th, 2013

A New Zealand study has shown strong country of origin links for kiwifruit disease Psa, but more genome sequencing is needed.

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NZ: Turners & Growers ‘changing the way it ships to market’

February 27th, 2013

Turners & Growers executives discuss strategy in a changing global apple industry.


NZ: shareholders reject kiwifruit merger

February 22nd, 2013

Eastpack intends to continue its tilt at Satara after a recent shareholder vote fell shy of approval.

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NZ: Seeka annual report reflects hardship of Psa

February 21st, 2013

Psa infections for Zespri Gold kiwifruit created a tough year for New Zealand’s Seeka.

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HortNZ defends produce against Aussie mislabeling claims

February 20th, 2013

Horticulture New Zealand calls out AUSVEG on accusations about sub-standard, Chinese produce.

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Proposed merger could form NZ’s largest kiwifruit postharvest company

February 5th, 2013

Satara shareholders have been offered a substantial premium from a proposed merger deal with EastPack.

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Pipfruit NZ forecasts modest apple and pear exports in 2013

February 4th, 2013

New Zealand’s forecast of a balance apple crop will come as welcome news after a late season with small sizes last year.

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The Packaging Pitch: educational sticker worth its weight in gold

February 1st, 2013

Lisa Cork looks at how an innovative sticker has helped a lesser-known avocado compete with Hass in New Zealand.

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‘Yeti F is just a fertilizer’, says NZ kiwifruit grower

January 29th, 2013

New Zealand authorities have allowed for the re-entry of a fertilizer that may improve kiwifruit plant health.

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NZ trials kiwifruit canopies to halt Psa spread

January 28th, 2013

New Zealand’s Zespri and AgMardt have teamed up to fund research into the impacts of kiwifruit canopies on Psa disease.

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NZ places ban on unauthorized Psa treatment

January 22nd, 2013

KVH’s Barry O’Neil discusses the banning of a fertilzer in New Zealand following reports of Psa treatment use.

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Zespri pleads not guilty to customs offenses in China

January 18th, 2013

New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri has expressed its disturbance at having been let down in China by an independent importer.

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NZ: spray concerns trigger beekeeper reluctance with kiwifruit

January 7th, 2013

Some New Zealand beekeepers have said they are losing business due to kiwifruit spray streptomycin.

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NZ: 2013-14 gold kiwifruit forecast stark

December 14th, 2012

New Zealand’s gold kiwifruit exports could drop to less than half, as Psa continues to spread.

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Hail storms rattle New Zealand apple growers

December 14th, 2012

Some New Zealand apple growers have reported crop loss after major storms.

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NZ kiwifruit companies investigate Psa lawsuit options

November 30th, 2012

New Zealand kiwifruit companies are looking at whether they could sue the national government over Psa.

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Tariff costs rising for NZ horticultural exporters

November 29th, 2012

New Zealand’s produce push into Asia carries tariff complications.

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Branching hormone could aid NZ breeding programs

November 27th, 2012

Understanding plant branching genetics could underpin long term fruit breeding programs.

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Carbon sequestration mapping a boost for NZ kiwifruit industry

November 20th, 2012

Soil organic carbon mapping in New Zealand could change the way kiwifruit growers manage orchards.

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The Packaging Pitch: innovative and eye-catching ideas from Fresh Summit

November 13th, 2012

Lisa Cork analyzes the packaging hits and misses at this year’s Fresh Summit.

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Lower crop means good ‘management’ for NZ avocados

November 12th, 2012

Wet weather meant a smaller avocado crop for New Zealand but fortunately the harvest has been dry.

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NZ growers prepare for insecticide phase-out

November 6th, 2012

New Zealand has no immediate alternatives for some insecticides under review by the EPA.

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NZ could quadruple SunGold kiwifruit exports in 2013

November 5th, 2012

Zespri CEO Lain Jager talks about a broad range of issues facing New Zealand kiwifruit growers.

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NZ introduces new biocontrol method for apple pest management

November 2nd, 2012

A small parasitoid wasp is being used to control pests in New Zealand orchards.

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NZ: Zespri to launch compostable kiwifruit label

October 29th, 2012

Zespri will use compostable labels for all its organic kiwifruit next season after a good trial this year.

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New Psa-V spread “big blow” to Kerikeri growers

October 26th, 2012

Psa-V has appeared for the first time in New Zealand’s Kerikeri region.

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Trans-Tasman study taps nutritional specifics for veggie marketing drive

October 22nd, 2012

Australian and NZ researchers have responded to consumer calls for more nutritional information about produce.

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NZ: Psa detection “reinvigorates” Hawkes Bay fight against disease

October 19th, 2012

New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay Fruitgrowers Association is urging a multi-pronged approach to tackling disease Psa-V.

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NZ: kiwifruit disease Psa-V detected further south

October 12th, 2012

Kiwifruit disease Psa-V has extended its reach in New Zealand to Hawkes Bay on the North Island’s southeast coast.

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Fressure Foods wants ‘Australasian leadership’ in procesed avocados

October 12th, 2012

Fressure Foods is harnessing New Zealand’s avocado crop surplus with value adding profitability.

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NZ: Zespri launches Mexican child health kiwifruit drive

October 9th, 2012

New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri is launching a kid’s health promotion campaign in Mexico.

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NZ growers overwhelmingly back new industry levy

October 1st, 2012

New Zealand growers have given overwhelming support for their industry body’s new levy.

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NZ: Psa-V infected orchard cases treble

September 28th, 2012

New Zealand’s reported cases of Psa-V disease surged last week as packhouses updated their data.

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NZ avocado exports in line for rot prediction revamp

September 27th, 2012

NZ’s Plant & Food Research is making strides in avocado rot prediction techniques to improve long distance exports.

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NZ kiwifruit jobs look uncertain for next season

September 24th, 2012

New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower has predicted lower volumes next season with the prospect of fewer jobs.

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HortNZ ‘pleased’ with referendum votes to date

September 20th, 2012

The fate of New Zealand’s peak produce body is in the hands of growers who must vote by Sep. 28.

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NZ: Zespri kids’ health initiative to span North America

September 17th, 2012

Zespri’s Kiwifruit for Kids campaign is ramping up this year in the U.S., with expansion set for Mexico and Canada.

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NZ kiwifruit profitability to fall by a third, govt report finds

September 13th, 2012

The New Zealand government has calculated the impact Psa-V disease will have on kiwifruit profitability.

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NZ: slight rise in T&G profits in H1

September 13th, 2012

Strong exports for New Zealand company Turners & Growers helped raised profits in the first half.

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New Zealand growers invest in sweet premium apple

September 11th, 2012

New Zealand growers are doubling the number of hectares devoted to Honeycrisp apples.

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NZ apple exports command high prices in the U.S.

September 6th, 2012

New Zealand was able to overcome early season setbacks to maintain a strong apple deal in the U.S.

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NZ authorities warn kiwifruit growers over antibiotic misuse

August 29th, 2012

The NZ government has sent a stern warning to 26 kiwifruit growers who admitted to misusing streptomycin.

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Kiwifruit disease ‘stuns’ new NZ region

August 20th, 2012

Kiwifruit Vine Health has called for a united approach after Psa-V disease was confirmed in a new part of NZ.

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NZ kiwifruit packers find Psa symptoms in ‘tolerant’ varieties

August 14th, 2012

Both Enza Gold and Zespri’s SunGold kiwifruit have shown signs they may not be so tolerant to Psa-V disease.

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Freshmax launches new NZ apple in the U.S.

August 13th, 2012

Australasian fruit company Freshmax has introduced its first exclusive apple variety in the international marketplace.

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Volcano eruption unlikely to impact fruit crops, says Hort NZ

August 6th, 2012

New Zealand fruit growers are lucky Mt Tongariro has blown its top now rather than four months ago.

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Germany: BayWa fruit revenue rises 167% in H1

August 3rd, 2012

The acquisition of NZ company T&G helped drive sales growth for German fruit giant BayWa in the first half.

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NZ records rise in unwanted and expired chemical collection

August 1st, 2012

A New Zealand non-profit has raised its intakes of chemicals from farms and orchards this year.

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Dole NZ issued compliance advice over ‘ethical’ label

July 31st, 2012

Dole New Zealand will need to remove its “Ethical Choice” labels to avoid a potential breach of the Fair Trading Act.

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Gourmet Trading president dies

July 24th, 2012

Gourmet Trading Company co-owner Paul Martin has issued a statement over the death of his brother Chris.

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NZ kiwifruit suppliers face tough times over Psa

July 19th, 2012

A lack of funds is putting pressure on businesses that supply New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry.

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Zespri to market Enza Gold in Europe

July 10th, 2012

New Zealand kiwifruit companies Enza and Zespri have reached a landmark deal to trial Enza Gold kiwifruit in Europe.

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NZ scientist warns of multiple Chinese Psa strain threat

July 5th, 2012

New Zealand scientist Russell Poulter draws conclusions after Psa sequencing from strains across four continents.

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NZ: Turners & Growers will look to new categories

July 5th, 2012

Turners & Growers CEO Geoff Hipkins discusses some of the changes in store for the company’s direction.

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Independent report reveals shortcomings of NZ import systems

July 3rd, 2012

An independent report has revealed flaws in New Zealand’s processes for importing kiwifruit-related products.

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NZ: Psa-striken kiwifruit farmers could get new cash aid

June 29th, 2012

New Zealand kiwifruit growers most affected by Psa will get new financial help from the government.

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NZ: T&G plans massive land sale

June 28th, 2012

New Zealand kiwifruit and apple company Turners & Growers has decided to sell land and non-core assets.

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NZ apple program keeps exporters holding on to key markets

June 27th, 2012

A New Zealand apple residue reduction program is estimated to have saved the industry US$22 million last year.

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NZ: Seeka assuages concerns over antibiotic kiwifruit

June 25th, 2012

NZ’s largest kiwifruit supply company Seeka has announced all its antibiotic trial fruit were destroyed.

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NZ joins elite club for Port of Jakarta horticultural import access

June 20th, 2012

NZ and Australia appear able to export to the Port of Jakarta, while South Africa continues to seek access.

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NZ: learning Europe’s lessons from Psa

June 19th, 2012

New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Vine Health has called for a national pest management strategy to combat disease Psa.

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Blueberries speed up muscle recovery, NZ researchers find

May 29th, 2012

Ahead of the Olympics in London, NZ scientists have found a link between blueberries and muscle recovery.

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