March 03, 2015 / Week N° 10
March 3rd, 2015
New Zealand’s MyFarm is looking for investors in a new NZ$5 million kiwifruit venture.
A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.
March 2nd, 2015
New Zealand’s Seeka has managed to exceed expectations in a kiwifruit market where margins are tightening, and plans to increase post-harvest capacity and kiwiberry production.
Part of a Chinese county has received the Protected Eco-Origin Product certification for red kiwifruit varieties.
February 25th, 2015
New Zealand-based produce company Turners & Growers did not quite achieve the 10-20% profit rise for 2014 that its board had forecast on Jan. 21.
February 23rd, 2015
EastPack’s CEO says he’s ‘pretty optimistic’ about the season amid strong industry recovery from Psa.
February 17th, 2015
Despite the Russian ban, Greece has relatively low kiwifruit stocks remaining.
February 16th, 2015
Robert Thode alleges there is a conflict of interest in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project.
January 21st, 2015
A Chilean kiwifruit exporter forecasts less competition with New Zealand green varieties this year.
January 15th, 2015
Zespri will need more personnel to cope with a 70% uptick in gold kiwifruit volume this coming season.
December 16th, 2014
Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.
December 15th, 2014
Zespri’s Matt Crawford discusses production possibilities in China and a red kiwifruit variety trialled in Singapore.
December 11th, 2014
Exporter Subsole says it can achieve a higher kiwifruit quality using a new system that rewards its producers.
Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.
December 10th, 2014
Jingold will produce and market a kiwifruit variety that is ‘bigger and brighter’ than Hayward following a licensing deal.
December 1st, 2014
Italy’s Alessandro Fornari says new measures will prevent poor quality kiwifruit being released onto the market.
The Kiwifruit Claim has now been filed in Wellington’s High Court, with Seeka representing the post-harvest class.
OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.
November 28th, 2014
Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.
November 21st, 2014
A Chilean nursery company says attractive prices for cherries in China are spurring on production growth.
November 20th, 2014
Iran’s kiwifruit sector is positive for the season after the government almost ruled out exports altogether.
November 11th, 2014
A few New Zealand kiwifruit growers could be ‘significantly affected’ by adverse weather that worked its way north up to the Bay of Plenty region.
November 10th, 2014
Subsole says its growers using certain methods to protect crops from extreme weather are seeing great results.
November 5th, 2014
Devastating hailstorms in New Zealand’s Tasman district have left some orchards in tatters.
October 28th, 2014
Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.
The kiwifruit vine disease Psa has spread to another one of Chile’s key production areas.
October 27th, 2014
Victoria Nuevo-Celeste discusses a new kiwifruit brand and gives her take on easy peeler prospects.
October 24th, 2014
New Zealand kiwifruit icon Zespri has raised its grower return forecast for the season. Two company executives explain some of the reasons why and outline plans for future campaigns.
The New Zealand group suing the government over the Psa outbreak has alleged Zespri ‘intimidated growers’ families’.
October 21st, 2014
A report by the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association says while recent frosts may have caused damages of up to 80% in ‘extreme cases’, the 2014-15 export season will be an ordinary one.
October 18th, 2014
Chilean fruit industry representatives say it could be 15 days yet before a full estimate of recent frost damages can be given.
October 17th, 2014
A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.
One of China’s most influential men is looking at new ways to trade kiwifruit via smartphone e-commerce.
October 16th, 2014
A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.
October 10th, 2014
CSO’s Elisa Macchi says the Italian kiwifruit industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels.
October 7th, 2014
A key figure has pulled out of a claim against the New Zealand government, but another plaintiff has emphasized that participating growers will have no liabilities if the case fails.
The divisions in New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry continue to grow, as the country’s largest producer joins the class action alleging the government did not do enough to prevent the entry of Psa.
October 6th, 2014
The head of the group launching a legal suit over negligence relating to Psa entering New Zealand has hit back at critics, stressing the need for accountability and saying growers ‘have nothing to lose’.
October 3rd, 2014
Citing a lack of transparency, New Zealand kiwifruit industry leaders have criticized a claim against the government.
October 2nd, 2014
Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.
September 9th, 2014
A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.
September 2nd, 2014
A new partnership with Ortofruit Italia will see Nergi baby kiwi production rise in Europe.
August 27th, 2014
Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.
August 25th, 2014
It seems like California kiwifruit growers have escaped the worst of the drought, with normal production expected.
August 22nd, 2014
Kiwifruit vines in New Zealand’s Katikati and Opotiki regions have shown increased Psa symptoms recently.
Argentina’s authorities and kiwifruit industry are taking a 100% preventative approach to Psa very seriously.
August 21st, 2014
A more competitive postharvest environment hasn’t stopped New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit packer from making big gains in the first half of 2014.
August 6th, 2014
A golden Zespri kiwifruit variety marketed as Charm has been shriveling up on supermarket shelves.
August 1st, 2014
New technology and better industry communication are Italy’s points of focus for improving kiwifruit quality.
July 31st, 2014
New practices will be put in place at Zespri to avoid the repetition of previous mishaps in Asian export markets.
July 22nd, 2014
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 16th, 2014
NZ Kiwifruit Vine Health has introduced a ‘Core Standard’ for nurseries to show they are disease-free.
July 15th, 2014
A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.
July 14th, 2014
New Zealand authorities have failed to protect an Indian whistleblower who revealed abuse in the kiwifruit industry.
July 11th, 2014
A New Zealand kiwifruit company has announced a graduate scheme to ‘develop the future leaders of this industry’.
From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.
July 7th, 2014
Action has been taken against 18 New Zealand kiwifruit contractors for employing illegal workers.
June 25th, 2014
Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.
June 20th, 2014
Peru is not usually the first country associated with kiwifruit, but growers have expressed interest in importing kiwifruit plants from the U.S.
June 6th, 2014
Zespri’s public response to its latest legal case is quite strange considering the amount of money in question.
May 28th, 2014
Recent New Zealand frosts are good news for the kiwifruit growers who have already picked their vines.
A Shanghai Zelun Trading rep is positive about the launch of Enza Red kiwifruit today, and discusses other T&G-owned fruit varieties on their way to China.
May 8th, 2014
Certified health claims can mean big business, and New Zealand’s Zespri wants its kiwifruit to join the club.
May 7th, 2014
New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.
May 2nd, 2014
Zespri supply chain GM Sally Gardiner is the company’s second executive to resign in three weeks.
April 15th, 2014
New Zealand researchers will study the value of kiwifruit extract in treating irritable bowel syndrome.
April 14th, 2014
From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.
PrimLand Chile has announced the beginning of its kiwifruit campaign, following a difficult growing season.
New Zealand kiwifruit growers discuss the pros and cons of the Zespri kiwifruit export scheme and other proposals.
April 10th, 2014
A Zespri spokesperson has denied any relation between the announced resignation of chief financial officer Merv Dallas and the company’s historical problems in China.
April 8th, 2014
While Chile’s kiwifruit growers have focused on frosts, Psa is moving silently toward larger production areas.
March 31st, 2014
Chilean Kiwifruit Committee’s Carlos Cruzat said initial exports will begin in the U.S., Russia and Latin America.
New Zealand’s Zespri indicated higher volume of gold kiwifruit, pointing to successful efforts against Psa.
March 21st, 2014
A new gold-fleshed kiwifruit variety has propped up exports for an Italian shipper this year.
March 20th, 2014
A former Zespri director and an NZ fruit trader are looking to build a new kiwifruit export structure for China.
March 18th, 2014
The kiwifruit harvest has begun in New Zealand with the industry upbeat about prospects for its earliest export market, Japan.
March 6th, 2014
A new rule set by APHIS will mean more kiwifruit from California and abroad meet minimum grade requirements.
February 28th, 2014
Forecasts for Chile’s kiwifruit crop are slightly higher than estimates released after frosts hit orchards last year.
February 27th, 2014
Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.
February 13th, 2014
T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.
BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.
February 4th, 2014
The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee and Kiwifruit of Italy will formalize a collaboration agreement this week.
January 28th, 2014
New Zealand’s kiwifruit orchards are now worth much more than they were a year ago.
December 18th, 2013
The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee has estimated the expected rise in prices next year due to supply shortages.
December 13th, 2013
A new deal means New Zealand’s growers will have a “seat at the table” in the government’s decisions on biosecurity.
December 10th, 2013
Liu Chuanzhi and Chen Shaopeng talk about fruit investment opportunities in Chile, Australia and the U.S.
December 4th, 2013
A proposed four-day nationwide trucker strike could have effects for Italy’s domestic and export fruit sales.
November 19th, 2013
Prices for early season French kiwifruit are higher this year thanks to a smaller crop and less Southern Hemisphere overhang.
China’s Legend Holdings has reported strong kiwifruit volume from its agricultural division.
November 11th, 2013
The misuse of copper sprays in New Zealand could lead to resistance in Psa bacteria, according to KVH.
October 29th, 2013
A call for an enquiry into New Zealand’s kiwifruit system touches on “information monopoly”, grower share imbalance and UPOV.
October 28th, 2013
Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.
This past year has provided plenty of ups and downs for Chilean kiwifruit producers.
October 25th, 2013
Granfrutta Zani’s Francesca Borghi discusses expectations for this year’s Italian kiwifruit deal.
October 23rd, 2013
New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into kiwifruit company Zespri.
October 15th, 2013
Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture expects frosts will cut back fruit exports by 22%.
October 14th, 2013
Zespri CEO Lain Jager discusses the past season, conditions for the next kiwifruit crop, a Chinese focus and Chile’s frosts.
October 9th, 2013
Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.
Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.
October 3rd, 2013
Estimates show recent frosts will cut Chile’s kiwifruit crop by US$120 million, and may increase the incidence of bacterial vine disease Psa.
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