July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Kiwifruit

Zespri fraud investigation costs stand at NZD$4.9 million

June 22nd, 2015

Zespri’s head reportedly said 2.8 million emails have been provided to the Serious Fraud Office so far, although the investigation’s focus remains unconfirmed.

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Film Review: Fear No Fruit

June 19th, 2015

It is very easy to take the abundance of fruits at our fingertips for granted, but a recent documentary looks at how one woman helped broaden U.S. consumers’ palates for the better.

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Strong volumes and sales lift start of Zespri kiwifruit campaign

June 11th, 2015

Zespri’s exports of gold kiwifruit this seaon are reportedly anticipated to be on par with pre-Psa levels at around 32 million trays.

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McDonald’s Mexico to include Zespri SunGold in Happy Meals

June 9th, 2015

A Zespri representative hopes the first-of-its-kind deal with McDonald’s will help introduce gold kiwifruit to people who weren’t familiar with it before.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim does not have a case, argue Crown lawyers

June 5th, 2015

A Crown lawyer reportedly believes Psa might not have arrived in imported pollen in June 2009, but ‘much earlier’.

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Zespri to push SunGold sales in North America

June 2nd, 2015

Zespri North America says it will be ‘ramping up a multi-media campaign’ in various markets starting in June.

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Chile: Fedefruta slams ‘illegal’ customs strike

May 25th, 2015

Fedefruta’s head says apples, kiwifruit and citrus are some of the crops that have been affected by recent strikes.

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Zespri provides global Psa update

May 15th, 2015

Zespri’s Shane Max says Japanese growers have been reluctant to report Psa out of fear their orchards will be destroyed, while French producers have seen unexpected trunking.

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Zespri secures new partner to develop kiwifruit ties in southwestern China

May 6th, 2015

A Zespri China representative says a new distribution partner has been found in the Sichuan province, and the company will continue looking for fresh regional alliances.

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NZ scientists test biological options to tackle Psa

May 5th, 2015

While kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows some resistance to antibiotics, New Zealand researchers have made a breakthrough in biological controls.

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NZ: New campaign aims to lift kiwifruit consumption in Australia

May 4th, 2015

With more gold kiwifruit on its way this year, New Zealanders are hoping to raise the fruit’s profile across the Tasman Sea in Australia.

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NZ: Zespri flagship store opened at Huizhan Market in Shanghai

May 4th, 2015

Golden Wing Mau has opened a 200-square meter store to sell Zespri kiwifruit in Shanghai’s leading wholesale market for imported produce.

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NZ: IKGA slams Zespri over “GFree” in Italy

April 30th, 2015

While G3 kiwifruit blocks are selling for more than NZ$100,000 per hectare in New Zealand, some growers are wondering why their Italian counterparts are getting licenses for free.

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NZ: Kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows resistance to key treatment

April 27th, 2015

While ‘not completely unexpected’, regular testing has found streptomycin-resistant Psa in two Te Puke orchards.

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NZ: Zespri plans SunGold kiwifruit splash in Germany

April 22nd, 2015

Zespri has planned promotional activities in Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf to spread the word about SunGold kiwifruit.

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Chilean kiwifruit leader accuses Zespri of anti-competitive behavior

April 13th, 2015

Carlos Cruzat says New Zealand’s Zespri has ‘regressed’ in its market behavior since it was fined for monopolistic practices in Korea almost four years ago.

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Russia: Putin disappoints on Greek import speculation

April 8th, 2015

Today’s meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras was not fruitful enough to lift the Kremlin’s ban on Greek food imports.

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NZ kiwifruit export season kicks off

March 30th, 2015

Zespri’s Lain Jager says New Zealand’s kiwifruit volumes are set to be back to pre-Psa levels this year.

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NZ kiwifruit growers “overwhelmingly” support industry changes

March 23rd, 2015

More than 90% of New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers have voted in favor of the KISP recommendations, with an industry head criticizing the “small vocal minority” who oppose the single desk structure.

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Italian organic kiwifruit brand ‘conquers’ Australia

March 19th, 2015

A northern Italian kiwifruit grower is making the most of Australia’s high fruit demand, and is planning other international ventures.

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NZ: Zespri hosting another buyer visit this week

March 18th, 2015

After a visit in February sparked controversy, New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri is currently hosting another group of foreign buyers.

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Some NZ growers disappointed by “extravagant” Zespri buyer visit

March 18th, 2015

New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry has seen dissent in the ranks after around NZ$500,000 was spent on a recent buyer visit, but Zespri claims it was necessary to boost sales of a rising gold variety crop.

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NZ: Seeka says packhouse fire shoudn’t impact on ‘operational performance’

March 16th, 2015

Seeka’s insurance claim following a packhouse fire has been accepted.

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NZ: Fire destroys shed at Seeka packhouse

March 4th, 2015

No people were injured in a “significant fire” that hit a New Zealand post-harvest facility for kiwifruit and kiwiberries.

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NZ ag investment group expands into kiwifruit

March 3rd, 2015

New Zealand’s MyFarm is looking for investors in a new NZ$5 million kiwifruit venture.

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Russia may allow some EU food imports, says Kremlin spokesperson

March 3rd, 2015

A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.

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NZ: Seeka profit hike a sign of Psa recovery

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.

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China: Red kiwifruit production region hopes for foothold in EU market

March 2nd, 2015

Part of a Chinese county has received the Protected Eco-Origin Product certification for red kiwifruit varieties.

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NZ: T&G profit falls short of expectations for 2014

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.

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NZ kiwifruit season to be ‘about 25% bigger’, says EastPack

February 23rd, 2015

EastPack’s CEO says he’s ‘pretty optimistic’ about the season amid strong industry recovery from Psa.

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European kiwifruit campaign to finish on a high

February 17th, 2015

Despite the Russian ban, Greece has relatively low kiwifruit stocks remaining.

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NZ: NZKGI member urges govt to reject industry proposals

February 16th, 2015

Robert Thode alleges there is a conflict of interest in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project.

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Subsole forecasts strong year for Chilean kiwifruit

January 21st, 2015

A Chilean kiwifruit exporter forecasts less competition with New Zealand green varieties this year.

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NZ: Zespri on recruitment drive to support gold kiwifruit volume hike

January 15th, 2015

Zespri will need more personnel to cope with a 70% uptick in gold kiwifruit volume this coming season.

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SeekaFresh delivers record returns

December 16th, 2014

Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.

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NZ: Zespri considers Chinese kiwifruit production partnerships

December 15th, 2014

Zespri’s Matt Crawford discusses production possibilities in China and a red kiwifruit variety trialled in Singapore.

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Advertorial: Subsole creates ‘Taste Index’ to incentivize its growers

December 11th, 2014

Exporter Subsole says it can achieve a higher kiwifruit quality using a new system that rewards its producers.

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NZ kiwifruit scoops greater market share in India

December 11th, 2014

Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.

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Italy: Jingold expands program with new Boerica kiwifruit

December 10th, 2014

Jingold will produce and market a kiwifruit variety that is ‘bigger and brighter’ than Hayward following a licensing deal.

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Italy issues decree preventing early kiwifruit harvesting

December 1st, 2014

Italy’s Alessandro Fornari says new measures will prevent poor quality kiwifruit being released onto the market.

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Seeka to act as second plaintiff in NZ Kiwifruit Claim

December 1st, 2014

The Kiwifruit Claim has now been filed in Wellington’s High Court, with Seeka representing the post-harvest class.

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NZ fruit growers embrace ozone tech for healthy orchards

December 1st, 2014

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.

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Chilean kiwifruit industry prepares ground for 2015 season

November 28th, 2014

Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.

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Chile: Cherry plant demand soars, kiwifruit interest tumbles

November 21st, 2014

A Chilean nursery company says attractive prices for cherries in China are spurring on production growth.

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Leading Iranian kiwifruit group reveals export forecast

November 20th, 2014

Iran’s kiwifruit sector is positive for the season after the government almost ruled out exports altogether.

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Hailstorms continue to affect NZ kiwifruit orchards

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.

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Advertorial: The Chilean kiwifruit industry – home of great farmed produce

November 10th, 2014

Subsole says its growers using certain methods to protect crops from extreme weather are seeing great results.

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Hail hits NZ apple and kiwifruit orchards

November 5th, 2014

Devastating hailstorms in New Zealand’s Tasman district have left some orchards in tatters.

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New shape, no wax: Italy’s bet on U.S. pear market

October 28th, 2014

Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.

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Psa discovered in new Chilean growing region

October 28th, 2014

The kiwifruit vine disease Psa has spread to another one of Chile’s key production areas.

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U.S.: Sun Pacific to triple kiwifruit supply in three years

October 27th, 2014

Victoria Nuevo-Celeste discusses a new kiwifruit brand and gives her take on easy peeler prospects.

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Zespri’s five-year plan for New Zealand kiwifruit

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.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim accuses Zespri of ‘scaremongering’

October 24th, 2014

The New Zealand group suing the government over the Psa outbreak has alleged Zespri ‘intimidated growers’ families’.

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Chile: ‘a normal export season is still expected’, says ASOEX

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.

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Chilean frosts ‘nothing like last year’, say industry leaders

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.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes new import regime for Chilean kiwifruit

October 17th, 2014

A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.

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China: Lenovo pioneer turns to social media for kiwifruit marketing

October 17th, 2014

One of China’s most influential men is looking at new ways to trade kiwifruit via smartphone e-commerce.

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Chilean producers crushed by second consecutive year of frosts

October 16th, 2014

A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.

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CSO expects slight rise for Italian kiwifruit production in 2014

October 10th, 2014

CSO’s Elisa Macchi says the Italian kiwifruit industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim co-founder withdraws from case

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.

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Seeka throws weight behind NZ Kiwifruit Claim

October 7th, 2014

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.

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NZ Kiwifruit Claim ‘in no way anti-Zespri’, says group chairman

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’.

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NZKGI, Zespri slam ‘The Kiwifruit Claim’ against govt

October 3rd, 2014

Citing a lack of transparency, New Zealand kiwifruit industry leaders have criticized a claim against the government.

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Organic Italian kiwifruit hit U.S. shores

October 2nd, 2014

Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.

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Zespri: organic fruit’s time is yet to come in China

September 9th, 2014

A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.

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France: Sofruileg secures Italian deal to grow Nergi baby kiwi

September 2nd, 2014

A new partnership with Ortofruit Italia will see Nergi baby kiwi production rise in Europe.

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France: kiwifruit producer looks forward to ‘active markets’ in coming season

August 27th, 2014

Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.

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U.S.: Californian kiwifruit industry forecasts good fruit quality

August 25th, 2014

It seems like California kiwifruit growers have escaped the worst of the drought, with normal production expected.

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NZ: new reports of Psa symptoms as spring draws closer

August 22nd, 2014

Kiwifruit vines in New Zealand’s Katikati and Opotiki regions have shown increased Psa symptoms recently.

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Argentine kiwifruit nursery sees “notable growth”

August 22nd, 2014

Argentina’s authorities and kiwifruit industry are taking a 100% preventative approach to Psa very seriously.

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NZ: SunGold and organic kiwifruit volumes surge for Seeka in H1

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.

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NZ: future in doubt for recent Zespri kiwifruit variety

August 6th, 2014

A golden Zespri kiwifruit variety marketed as Charm has been shriveling up on supermarket shelves.

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Italian kiwifruit industry seeks to improve quality via new projects

August 1st, 2014

New technology and better industry communication are Italy’s points of focus for improving kiwifruit quality.

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NZ: Zespri to address regulatory non-compliance with stricter measures

July 31st, 2014

New practices will be put in place at Zespri to avoid the repetition of previous mishaps in Asian export markets.

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China: Goodfarmer to develop produce “multinational” status, says Liu Zijie

July 22nd, 2014

Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.

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NZ launches kiwifruit biosecurity scheme to stop Psa spread

July 16th, 2014

NZ Kiwifruit Vine Health has introduced a ‘Core Standard’ for nurseries to show they are disease-free.

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Low Chilean kiwifruit volume saved by prices and quality, says exporter

July 15th, 2014

A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.

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NZ may deport man who revealed kiwifruit worker abuses

July 14th, 2014

New Zealand authorities have failed to protect an Indian whistleblower who revealed abuse in the kiwifruit industry.

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NZ: Zespri begins search for new young talent

July 11th, 2014

A New Zealand kiwifruit company has announced a graduate scheme to ‘develop the future leaders of this industry’.

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Figs running earlier than ever, says U.S. grower-shipper

July 11th, 2014

From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.

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NZ: illegal workers identified on kiwifruit sites

July 7th, 2014

Action has been taken against 18 New Zealand kiwifruit contractors for employing illegal workers.

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Iraq turmoil may impact Middle East fruit market, says exporter

June 25th, 2014

Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.

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Peru sets rules for importing U.S. kiwifruit plants

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.

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Opinion: what’s going on with Zespri?

June 6th, 2014

Zespri’s public response to its latest legal case is quite strange considering the amount of money in question.

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Frosts “welcomed” by NZ kiwifruit growers

May 28th, 2014

Recent New Zealand frosts are good news for the kiwifruit growers who have already picked their vines.

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NZ sends first Enza Red kiwifruit to China

May 28th, 2014

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.

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NZ: Zespri makes historic health claim submission

May 8th, 2014

Certified health claims can mean big business, and New Zealand’s Zespri wants its kiwifruit to join the club.

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Apples and onions bolster NZ horticultural exports in 2013

May 7th, 2014

New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.

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NZ: Zespri supply chain general manager to stand down

May 2nd, 2014

Zespri supply chain GM Sally Gardiner is the company’s second executive to resign in three weeks.

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New Zealand company promotes kiwifruit for digestive health

April 15th, 2014

New Zealand researchers will study the value of kiwifruit extract in treating irritable bowel syndrome.

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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

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.

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Marketing begins for Chilean kiwifruit

April 14th, 2014

PrimLand Chile has announced the beginning of its kiwifruit campaign, following a difficult growing season.

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Self-interest or frustration? A grower view on NZ’s kiwifruit duopoly pitch

April 14th, 2014

New Zealand kiwifruit growers discuss the pros and cons of the Zespri kiwifruit export scheme and other proposals.

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Zespri denies CFO resignation linked to China fraud case

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.

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Chilean kiwifruit heartland at “enormous” risk from Psa, says committee

April 8th, 2014

While Chile’s kiwifruit growers have focused on frosts, Psa is moving silently toward larger production areas.

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Chile eyes hot markets for limited kiwifruit offer

March 31st, 2014

Chilean Kiwifruit Committee’s Carlos Cruzat said initial exports will begin in the U.S., Russia and Latin America.

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Zespri reports volume recovery for gold kiwifruit

March 31st, 2014

New Zealand’s Zespri indicated higher volume of gold kiwifruit, pointing to successful efforts against Psa.

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Italy: Asia-bound kiwifruit exports skyrocket for Apofruit

March 21st, 2014

A new gold-fleshed kiwifruit variety has propped up exports for an Italian shipper this year.

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NZ: Thompson, Bayly claim kiwifruit duopoly export leak “misrepresentative”

March 20th, 2014

A former Zespri director and an NZ fruit trader are looking to build a new kiwifruit export structure for China.

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NZ: weather, markets in Zespri’s favor so far in 2014

March 18th, 2014

The kiwifruit harvest has begun in New Zealand with the industry upbeat about prospects for its earliest export market, Japan.

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U.S. loosens restrictions on “misshapen” kiwifruit

March 6th, 2014

A new rule set by APHIS will mean more kiwifruit from California and abroad meet minimum grade requirements.

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Pre-harvest estimate beats expectations for Chilean kiwifruit

February 28th, 2014

Forecasts for Chile’s kiwifruit crop are slightly higher than estimates released after frosts hit orchards last year.

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NZ: positive results for Seeka, T&G in 2013

February 27th, 2014

Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.

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NZ: T&G to make first Enza Red commercial shipment to Australia

February 13th, 2014

T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.

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Germany: BayWa plans South American grape JV

February 13th, 2014

BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.

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Chile unites kiwifruit goals with Italy

February 4th, 2014

The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee and Kiwifruit of Italy will formalize a collaboration agreement this week.

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NZ: kiwifruit orchard values back to pre-Psa levels, says expert

January 28th, 2014

New Zealand’s kiwifruit orchards are now worth much more than they were a year ago.

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Chilean kiwifruit industry needs cautious approach to 2014 season

December 18th, 2013

The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee has estimated the expected rise in prices next year due to supply shortages.

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NZ growers reach collaborative biosecurity deal with govt

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.

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China: excess fruit demand drives Joyvio’s global sourcing push

December 10th, 2013

Liu Chuanzhi and Chen Shaopeng talk about fruit investment opportunities in Chile, Australia and the U.S.

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Italian fruit consultant hopes for low transport strike impact

December 4th, 2013

A proposed four-day nationwide trucker strike could have effects for Italy’s domestic and export fruit sales.

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Strong outlook for French kiwifruit growers, says Prim’land

November 19th, 2013

Prices for early season French kiwifruit are higher this year thanks to a smaller crop and less Southern Hemisphere overhang.

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China’s tech sector enjoys fruit of kiwifruit harvest

November 19th, 2013

China’s Legend Holdings has reported strong kiwifruit volume from its agricultural division.

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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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North American produce consignment model evolving

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.

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Chile looks back on mixed year for kiwifruit

October 28th, 2013

This past year has provided plenty of ups and downs for Chilean kiwifruit producers.

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Italian delay extends supply constraints on kiwifruit markets

October 25th, 2013

Granfrutta Zani’s Francesca Borghi discusses expectations for this year’s Italian kiwifruit deal.

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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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Chilean govt releases official frost damage estimates

October 15th, 2013

Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture expects frosts will cut back fruit exports by 22%.

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NZ: Zespri sees less Psa expression in kiwifruit vines

October 14th, 2013

Zespri CEO Lain Jager discusses the past season, conditions for the next kiwifruit crop, a Chinese focus and Chile’s frosts.

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Chile: Fedefruta gives crop-by-crop frost loss update

October 9th, 2013

Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.

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Chile looks to new fruit markets, better access

October 9th, 2013

Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.

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Frosts slash Chilean kiwifruit crop

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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Marginal rise for Chilean fruit export volume in 2012-13

September 26th, 2013

Export growth for Chile’s strongest fruit commodities helped offset heavy falls for products like avocados and oranges last season.

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Chile: ASOEX releases frost briefing

September 24th, 2013

Chilean fruit experts are currently evaluating the impacts of frosts on a variety of key export crops.

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Malaysia: new facility to boost fruit import trade, claims Chop Tong Guan

September 10th, 2013

A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.

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Chile needs industry-wide gold kiwifruit strategy, says Jingold licensor

September 5th, 2013

Alessandro Fornari believes Chile’s climatic conditions and prospects are auspicious for the development of gold kiwifruit.

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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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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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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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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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New Zealand considers new Psa antibiotic for kiwifruit

June 25th, 2013

Kasumin 2L may provide an alternative to New Zealand kiwifruit growers fighting Psa-V disease.

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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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Argentina offers support to increase domestic kiwifruit volume

June 17th, 2013

A subsidized credit line in Argentina hopes to increase planted area of kiwifruit and recover the industry.

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Chilean kiwifruit volumes plummet in Japan, South Korea

June 7th, 2013

Chile’s Carlos Cruzat says kiwifruit marketer Zespri is testing the limits of fair competition in Japan and South Korea.

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NZ: Zespri announces record kiwifruit returns in 2012-13

May 27th, 2013

Kiwifruit returns were up for Zespri’s growers in 2012-13, but the costs of fighting Psa disease and a Chinese court case cut profits significantly.

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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 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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Chinese ag giant bets on Chilean premium fruit

April 17th, 2013

A Chinese business linked to Lenovo has kicked off international fruit sourcing plans with a joint venture in South America.

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Chilean port strike fruit loss update

April 8th, 2013

ASOEX has released figures of estimated losses by fruit category from Chilean strikes in weeks 13 and 14.

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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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French kiwifruit under pressure

April 1st, 2013

Blue Whale commercial export director Marc Peyres discusses the situation facing French kiwifruit growers.

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Greek kiwifruit company looks toward new markets, stronger varieties

April 1st, 2013

Greece’s Zeus Kiwi is trying to keep ahead of the game with full traceability and involvement in industry research.

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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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Chile developing tool to determine Psa risk

March 21st, 2013

A new tool should help Chilean kiwifruit growers rapidly assess their risk of Psa.

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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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Thousands of undocumented kiwifruit plants found on Spanish farm

March 12th, 2013

Spanish authorities have uncovered 14,000 kiwifruit plants without proper paperwork.

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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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Zespri registers rise in European kiwifruit volumes

March 5th, 2013

Zespri has managed to raise its supply of European kiwifruit and expects a smooth New Zealand transition.

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Chile’s 2013 kiwifruit market outlook

February 28th, 2013

Chile will have less kiwifruit production this year with the industry upbeat about market prospects.

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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: 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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Kiwifruit makes global strides over past decade

February 8th, 2013

Italy took the top spot for global kiwifruit production but New Zealand showed skill in marketing.

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Italy: Summerfruit wins rights to early gold kiwifruit

February 8th, 2013

Italy’s Summerfruit has bagged a new gold kiwifruit to add to its early window portfolio.

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Facing the early days of Psa on a Chilean orchard

February 6th, 2013

We take a hands-on look at how Chilean kiwifruit growers are tackling vine disease Psa in the region of Maule.

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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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‘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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Survey reveals global perceptions of Chilean kiwifruit

January 18th, 2013

Fewer international kiwifruit buyers are showing a preference for New Zealand over Chile compared to a survey two years ago.

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First international kiwifruit magazine set for launch

January 10th, 2013

Our next International Special Edition will feature major topics surrounding the global kiwifruit market.

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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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Opinion: getting through Psa dark days with lighter sprays

December 27th, 2012

Jon Lowy questions the intensity and frequency of kiwifruit vine disease sprays.

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Italy explores new Psa treatment for kiwifruit

December 26th, 2012

Summerfruit’s Giampaolo Dal Pane talks about a new fertilizer that could fight Psa.

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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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Spain explores kiwifruit possibilities

December 12th, 2012

As traditional crops become less appealing, kiwifruit present a new option in Spain.

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Chilean kiwifruit industry on alert over Psa

December 4th, 2012

Chile’s number of Psa cases in kiwifruit orchards has risen by 23% in the last month.

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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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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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Chile appeals to kiwifruit growers to prevent Psa spread

November 7th, 2012

Kiwifruit producers in Chile have been asked to take extra care with containing Psa.

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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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France maintains stable kiwifruit production in unstable Europe

October 30th, 2012

Poor weather conditions hurt European kiwifruit output this season.

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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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New Zealand Psa cases serve as warning to Chilean kiwifruit growers

October 25th, 2012

Faced with the spread of Psa, the Chilean kiwifruit sector attempts to prepare for the worst.

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NZ: Zespri chairman to step down

October 23rd, 2012

John Loughlin will step down from his role of chairman after 11 years on the board of Zespri.

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Chilean Psa cases have doubled

October 22nd, 2012

The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee says increased Psa cases are not “critical” but need intensive containment.

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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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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 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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Italian kiwifruit production rose by 12% in 2011-12

September 20th, 2012

Italy’s kiwifruit production increased by nearly 50,000MT in 2011-12.

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Chile urged to exploit India’s rising cherry and kiwifruit demand

September 19th, 2012

Chile needs to intensify its marketing in India to make the most of lower import tariffs.

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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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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 milestone for southern India

August 21st, 2012

Researchers have successfully grown kiwifruit for the first time in southern India but yields are still low.

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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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Chilean kiwifruit boost Sun Pacific ripe & ready deal

August 9th, 2012

Sun Pacific’s Bob DiPiazza discusses an ‘interesting’ grape season and boosting kiwifruit consumption.

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Italian universities develop new early gold kiwifruit

August 9th, 2012

A 10-year Italian project has resulted in an early gold kiwifruit that may help plug a supply gap in the market.

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Chile’s kiwifruit exports to South Korea up on pre-NZ investigation levels

August 7th, 2012

The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee assesses an export season that has been better than expected.

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