May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 7th, 2015
While hailstorms have affected New Zealand’s apple volumes, Enzafruit is upbeat for a positive 2015 campaign in Europe.
April 27th, 2015
While ‘not completely unexpected’, regular testing has found streptomycin-resistant Psa in two Te Puke orchards.
March 27th, 2015
A large Washington State apple supplier says the specific New Zealand region where Honeycrisp apples are grown brings on an ‘amazing color.’
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.
The palpable buzz around an anthocyanin-rich Queensland-bred plum is spreading internationally, with a French nursery upbeat for commercial harvests and U.S. growers playing their cards close to their chests.
March 20th, 2015
California raised its table grape exports to several destinations this season, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the U.K. and Indonesia.
March 17th, 2015
In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.
March 16th, 2015
Seeka’s insurance claim following a packhouse fire has been accepted.
March 4th, 2015
Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.
March 3rd, 2015
New Zealand’s MyFarm is looking for investors in a new NZ$5 million kiwifruit venture.
February 25th, 2015
New Zealand authorities are said to be using sniffer dogs and improved x-ray surveillance on inbound luggage from Australia, following more fruit fly detections in Auckland.
February 23rd, 2015
EastPack’s CEO says he’s ‘pretty optimistic’ about the season amid strong industry recovery from Psa.
A major New Zealand apple exporter says a colder February has led to ‘exceptional’ fruit color.
February 19th, 2015
HortNZ has called for tougher biosecurity measures after the fourth fruit fly detection in three years.
February 16th, 2015
Robert Thode alleges there is a conflict of interest in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project.
February 11th, 2015
A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.
February 10th, 2015
While Southern Hemisphere apple production is expected to increase 5%, exports are anticipated to decline by the same percentage partly due to oversupply issues in Europe.
Although a cold spring hit New Zealand’s apple volumes, the warm summer has boosted quality.
January 22nd, 2015
At least one major Chinese fruit importer has had staff summoned by authorities as part of an investigation into a customs broker.
Pipfruit NZ says the industry will begin alligning its proprietary varieties to become more customer-focused.
January 21st, 2015
A Chilean kiwifruit exporter forecasts less competition with New Zealand green varieties this year.
December 22nd, 2014
An ex-Zespri manager incarcerated China is sueing the marketer under the Employment Relations Authority.
December 17th, 2014
Plant & Food NZ’s Dr. Brent Clothier discusses what growers can expect from better detailing their eco-footprint.
After securing national distribution rights, Freshmax NZ plans to bring Love Beets to Australia.
December 16th, 2014
Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.
December 12th, 2014
Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.
December 11th, 2014
Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.
December 9th, 2014
BayWa’s share of New Zealand’s apple exports will soon increase to 35%.
December 5th, 2014
Horticulture New Zealand’s head says progress on trade tariff reduction enhances Asian trade opportunities.
December 1st, 2014
The Kiwifruit Claim has now been filed in Wellington’s High Court, with Seeka representing the post-harvest class.
November 27th, 2014
Pipfruit New Zealand says Asia-bound exports could represent half the total volumes by 2022 following new funding.
November 17th, 2014
New Zealand’s Prime Minister says the free trade agreement with South Korea will put exporters ‘back on a level playing field’ with U.S. and EU competitors.
November 14th, 2014
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
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 5th, 2014
Devastating hailstorms in New Zealand’s Tasman district have left some orchards in tatters.
An aggressive Lake Constance investment program comes as part of a new structure for apple company BayWa.
October 24th, 2014
The New Zealand group suing the government over the Psa outbreak has alleged Zespri ‘intimidated growers’ families’.
October 15th, 2014
New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.
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.
October 1st, 2014
Freshmax says its new intellectual property business will focus on new variety licensing and brand development.
September 25th, 2014
Turners & Growers looks ahead to the next 100 years with a simplified name and new logo.
September 10th, 2014
Unifrutti Chile and New Zealand’s Turners & Growers expect a new Peruvian grape partnership will yield fruit next year.
September 5th, 2014
Turners & Growers will support a charity to help provide New Zealand schools with purpose-built gardens.
September 2nd, 2014
New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.
A new partnership with Ortofruit Italia will see Nergi baby kiwi production rise in Europe.
August 22nd, 2014
Kiwifruit vines in New Zealand’s Katikati and Opotiki regions have shown increased Psa symptoms recently.
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.
After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.
August 6th, 2014
A golden Zespri kiwifruit variety marketed as Charm has been shriveling up on supermarket shelves.
July 31st, 2014
New practices will be put in place at Zespri to avoid the repetition of previous mishaps in Asian export markets.
July 24th, 2014
Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.
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 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’.
July 7th, 2014
Action has been taken against 18 New Zealand kiwifruit contractors for employing illegal workers.
TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.
June 25th, 2014
Jen Scoular believes New Zealand can quadruple avocado export revenue and reduce dependence on trade with Australia.
June 23rd, 2014
Favorable weather conditions mean New Zealand’s apple growers are optimistic about this season.
June 19th, 2014
A New Zealand apple company head could face jail as he faces charges over export scheme.
June 13th, 2014
IFORED now has two new members, with the first pre-commercial, red-flesh apple orchards set for planting in 2015.
June 10th, 2014
New Zealand’s avocado industry enjoyed record income this season and is set to remain strong.
June 6th, 2014
Zespri’s public response to its latest legal case is quite strange considering the amount of money in question.
June 4th, 2014
Two Chinese companies are claiming NZ$33.5 million in damages from kiwifruit exporter Zespri.
Apple exporter Scales Corp is set to float on the stock market after more than 100 years of private ownership.
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 12th, 2014
Indonesia’s import licensing policy has sparked another WTO trade dispute with the U.S. and New Zealand.
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 24th, 2014
New Zealand and Chinese authorities have come to an agreement to continue apple shipments.
April 21st, 2014
Lisa Cork questions how produce marketers are selling their product in light of a recent U.K. health study.
April 15th, 2014
New Zealand researchers will study the value of kiwifruit extract in treating irritable bowel syndrome.
April 14th, 2014
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.
Less availability has led to good market conditions for New Zealand’s apple exports, according to a leading shipper.
March 31st, 2014
New Zealand’s Zespri indicated higher volume of gold kiwifruit, pointing to successful efforts against Psa.
March 20th, 2014
A former Zespri director and an NZ fruit trader are looking to build a new kiwifruit export structure for China.
February 27th, 2014
Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.
With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.
February 18th, 2014
Learning its lesson from China, Zespri has been proactive in Taiwan after discrepancies were found in invoices.
February 14th, 2014
New Zealand MP Shane Jones has accused the Countdown supermarket of blackmail, racketeering and extortion.
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 10th, 2014
New Zealand farmers can take a sign of relief after this month’s fruit fly scare.
February 4th, 2014
Marketing expert Lisa Cork discusses a nifty packaging concept she felt an instant affinity with.
January 29th, 2014
Two Chinese experts explain the factors behind this year’s “viral” cherry sales campaign.
January 28th, 2014
New Zealand’s kiwifruit orchards are now worth much more than they were a year ago.
January 24th, 2014
A Queensland fruit fly has been detected in northern New Zealand, forcing a quarantine area.
January 23rd, 2014
A trademarked New Zealand apple is making a big impact with Washington State growers.
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 5th, 2013
Genetic research on onions done in New Zealand could guide better breeding.
November 21st, 2013
New Zealand is set to get a fresh competitive edge in its top cherry export market.
November 14th, 2013
PMA Australia-New Zealand’s Michael Worthington urges Pacific Rim produce industry players to connect in Auckland’s Fresh Connections in June.
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.
October 25th, 2013
Granfrutta Zani’s Francesca Borghi discusses expectations for this year’s Italian kiwifruit deal.
October 24th, 2013
WIth low valuations and low debt, China’s produce industry presents great possibilities for cross-border M&A activity.
October 23rd, 2013
New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into kiwifruit company Zespri.
October 14th, 2013
Zespri CEO Lain Jager discusses the past season, conditions for the next kiwifruit crop, a Chinese focus and Chile’s frosts.
New Zealand’s avocado industry is expecting significant improvements in orchard gate returns for growers this year.
October 2nd, 2013
Lisa Cork highlights the importance of not letting the variety become the dominant fruit marketing message.
September 25th, 2013
The New Zealand apple industry has taken precautionary action after post-harvest rot was found in consignments for China.
September 16th, 2013
HortNZ fears for grower futures as Resource Management Act (RMA) reform gets kicked around like a “political football”.
September 10th, 2013
A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.
September 6th, 2013
New Zealand’s Seeka is teaming up with international and local players in Malaysia to improve cold chain infrastructure.
A pear that looks more like an apple, the Papple is reaching growers across North America and Europe.
September 3rd, 2013
New Zealand’s BBC Technologies Ltd. showed off its berry technology from its office in Chile.
August 27th, 2013
Zespri’s Dan Mathieson discusses how the gold kiwifruit transition is faring in the company’s key destination markets.
August 23rd, 2013
A group of NZ kiwifruit growers is contesting BayWa’s takeover of Turners & Growers in the High Court of Wellington.
Young male students in a New Zealand study had less fatigue and more energy when consuming two kiwifruit a day.
August 15th, 2013
HortNZ has raised concerns over the irradiation of imported Australian tomatoes and peppers.
August 14th, 2013
Pipfruit NZ will take a delegation of growers to India later this month to work on an industry cooperation agreement.
August 13th, 2013
DKNY’s Delicious Apples campaign shows ‘outsiders’ view fruit in a positive light.
August 8th, 2013
A strong apple program combined with increased profits on stonefruit exports have helped boost results for Turners & Growers.
August 6th, 2013
Horticulture New Zealand’s new president Julian Raine will focus on grower communication and biosecurity.
New Zealand researchers have found genetic sensitivity for four common smells found in food.
August 5th, 2013
A new asparagus cultivar in New Zealand could mean fewer fungicides for growers.
July 25th, 2013
New Zealand’s Zespri was upbeat about the fight against Psa and the company’s possibilities in China.
July 18th, 2013
A Chinese court has upheld charges against a Zespri subsidiary in a kiwifruit smuggling case.
July 3rd, 2013
New regulations will require New Zealand kiwifruit growers to take more extensive measures against disease.
July 1st, 2013
Lisa Cork analyzes some man-targeting packaging that the produce industry could take on board.
June 27th, 2013
Vine-killing disease Psa-V may be to blame for a big drop in Zespri’s kiwifruit exports to China.
June 25th, 2013
Kasumin 2L may provide an alternative to New Zealand kiwifruit growers fighting Psa-V disease.
June 19th, 2013
New Zealand kiwifruit company Zespri says license allocation for it Gold3 variety has been “significantly oversubscribed”.
June 18th, 2013
Shipments for the season will begin soon for New Zealand Meyer lemons bound for U.S. grocery stores.
June 13th, 2013
New Zealand produce company Turners & Growers has looked internally to choose its new leader.
June 7th, 2013
Chile’s Carlos Cruzat says kiwifruit marketer Zespri is testing the limits of fair competition in Japan and South Korea.
June 5th, 2013
Turners & Growers’ German owner BayWa expects increased profits this year.
June 3rd, 2013
Turners & Growers has put more money into owning one of its star performing subsidiaries from 2012.
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.
May 22nd, 2013
New Zealand and Chilean companies have partnered up to develop modified atmosphere packaging for key fruit markets.
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.
May 17th, 2013
U.S. and Chinese researchers have put together a draft kiwifruit genome which is now available.
May 9th, 2013
NZ apple growers discuss a positive season thus far and export market dynamics.
May 8th, 2013
New Zealand researchers have found blackcurrant extract enriched in anthocyanins can increase alertness .
April 29th, 2013
New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research is working to make Vietnam’s dragon fruit an international model.
April 19th, 2013
New Zealand’s Fresh Facts report highlights a surge in avocado and kiwifruit shipments in the year to June 2012.
New Zealand’s apple exports were up in the early season, but volumes were down for Chile, Argentina and South Africa.
April 5th, 2013
Arturo Calderón discusses advances in mechanical harvester development, shifting away from expensive prototypes.
April 2nd, 2013
New Zealand’s Zespri will challenge a recent Chinese court decision over alleged kiwifruit smuggling.
March 27th, 2013
Chinese authorities have placed a detention order on a senior Zespri official.
March 22nd, 2013
Zespri and one of its employees have been found guilty in China of violating customs laws.
March 15th, 2013
Shareholders in two NZ operators have approved a merger to create the country’s largest postharvest company.
March 12th, 2013
DMS is offering New Zealand kiwifruit growers incentives to switch to the Psa-tolerant gold variety G3.
March 11th, 2013
Lisa Cork looks at how educating consumers about different uses of certain varieties can drive sales across products.
March 8th, 2013
After feeling abandoned from the BayWa takeover, NZ Enza Gold growers are hopeful T&G will change tack on their variety.
March 7th, 2013
Mexico aims to diversify and grow agricultural exports to improve its trade balance with New Zealand.
March 5th, 2013
Zespri has managed to raise its supply of European kiwifruit and expects a smooth New Zealand transition.
February 28th, 2013
Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters urged shipping lines to reconsider steep rate increases that could damage competitiveness.
February 27th, 2013
A New Zealand study has shown strong country of origin links for kiwifruit disease Psa, but more genome sequencing is needed.
Turners & Growers executives discuss strategy in a changing global apple industry.
February 21st, 2013
Psa infections for Zespri Gold kiwifruit created a tough year for New Zealand’s Seeka.
February 20th, 2013
Horticulture New Zealand calls out AUSVEG on accusations about sub-standard, Chinese produce.
February 15th, 2013
Capespan Continent’s Stefanie de Puysseleir discusses the European pome fruit outlook this season.
February 8th, 2013
Osku and Convex Plastics are teaming up to improve fruit shelf life.
February 5th, 2013
Satara shareholders have been offered a substantial premium from a proposed merger deal with EastPack.
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.
January 29th, 2013
New Zealand authorities have allowed for the re-entry of a fertilizer that may improve kiwifruit plant health.
January 28th, 2013
New Zealand’s Zespri and AgMardt have teamed up to fund research into the impacts of kiwifruit canopies on Psa disease.
January 22nd, 2013
KVH’s Barry O’Neil discusses the banning of a fertilzer in New Zealand following reports of Psa treatment use.
January 18th, 2013
New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri has expressed its disturbance at having been let down in China by an independent importer.
Fewer international kiwifruit buyers are showing a preference for New Zealand over Chile compared to a survey two years ago.
January 7th, 2013
Some New Zealand beekeepers have said they are losing business due to kiwifruit spray streptomycin.
December 27th, 2012
Jon Lowy questions the intensity and frequency of kiwifruit vine disease sprays.
December 26th, 2012
Summerfruit’s Giampaolo Dal Pane talks about a new fertilizer that could fight Psa.
December 20th, 2012
We hear New Zealand, U.S. and Chilean perspectives on India’s apple market obstacles.
December 14th, 2012
New Zealand’s gold kiwifruit exports could drop to less than half, as Psa continues to spread.
Some New Zealand apple growers have reported crop loss after major storms.
November 30th, 2012
New Zealand kiwifruit companies are looking at whether they could sue the national government over Psa.
November 29th, 2012
New Zealand’s produce push into Asia carries tariff complications.
November 27th, 2012
Understanding plant branching genetics could underpin long term fruit breeding programs.
November 20th, 2012
Soil organic carbon mapping in New Zealand could change the way kiwifruit growers manage orchards.
November 13th, 2012
Lisa Cork analyzes the packaging hits and misses at this year’s Fresh Summit.
November 12th, 2012
Wet weather meant a smaller avocado crop for New Zealand but fortunately the harvest has been dry.
November 9th, 2012
The USDA believes 2012-13 could be a turning point for NZ apple shipments to Asia.
November 6th, 2012
New Zealand has no immediate alternatives for some insecticides under review by the EPA.
November 5th, 2012
Zespri CEO Lain Jager talks about a broad range of issues facing New Zealand kiwifruit growers.
November 2nd, 2012
A small parasitoid wasp is being used to control pests in New Zealand orchards.
October 26th, 2012
Psa-V has appeared for the first time in New Zealand’s Kerikeri region.
October 25th, 2012
Faced with the spread of Psa, the Chilean kiwifruit sector attempts to prepare for the worst.
October 23rd, 2012
John Loughlin will step down from his role of chairman after 11 years on the board of Zespri.
October 22nd, 2012
The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee says increased Psa cases are not “critical” but need intensive containment.
Australian and NZ researchers have responded to consumer calls for more nutritional information about produce.
October 19th, 2012
New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay Fruitgrowers Association is urging a multi-pronged approach to tackling disease Psa-V.
October 16th, 2012
David Pattemore looks at how bumblebees may be used to reduced the extremities of alternate bearing in avocados.
October 12th, 2012
Kiwifruit disease Psa-V has extended its reach in New Zealand to Hawkes Bay on the North Island’s southeast coast.
Fressure Foods is harnessing New Zealand’s avocado crop surplus with value adding profitability.
October 9th, 2012
New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri is launching a kid’s health promotion campaign in Mexico.
October 4th, 2012
Scientists have unlocked the genetic sequence of the European pear.
October 3rd, 2012
Packaging expert Lisa Cork takes a look at ‘specific need’ marketing for health benefits.
October 1st, 2012
New Zealand growers have given overwhelming support for their industry body’s new levy.
September 28th, 2012
New Zealand’s reported cases of Psa-V disease surged last week as packhouses updated their data.
September 27th, 2012
NZ’s Plant & Food Research is making strides in avocado rot prediction techniques to improve long distance exports.
September 26th, 2012
A New Zealand-developed apple grown in Washington is set to hit supermarket shelves this month.
September 24th, 2012
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower has predicted lower volumes next season with the prospect of fewer jobs.
September 20th, 2012
The fate of New Zealand’s peak produce body is in the hands of growers who must vote by Sep. 28.
September 19th, 2012
Chile needs to intensify its marketing in India to make the most of lower import tariffs.
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