February 25, 2015 / Week N° 09
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.
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