April 27, 2015 / Week N° 18

Posts Tagged New Zealand

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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U.S.: Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers expect NZ Honeycrisps in May

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.’

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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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Budding overseas empire for Australia’s Queen Garnet super plum

March 23rd, 2015

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.

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U.S.: California hits second highest table grape export volume in 2014-15

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.

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Pipfruit NZ to help revitalize Indian apple sector

March 17th, 2015

In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.

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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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Aussie blueberry growers need urgent protocol support

March 4th, 2015

Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.

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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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NZ industry hopeful for fruit fly eradication despite female detection

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.

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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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NZ: Late harvest ‘not much of a disadvantage this year’, says Mr Apple

February 23rd, 2015

A major New Zealand apple exporter says a colder February has led to ‘exceptional’ fruit color.

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NZ: Queensland fruit fly detected in Auckland

February 19th, 2015

HortNZ has called for tougher biosecurity measures after the fourth fruit fly detection in three years.

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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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Chinese opening brings great opportunities for U.S.-grown club varieties, says T&G

February 11th, 2015

A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.

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Southern Hemisphere expects larger pome fruit crop

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.

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NZ apple crop ‘down 6% on 2014′, says Pipfruit NZ

February 10th, 2015

Although a cold spring hit New Zealand’s apple volumes, the warm summer has boosted quality.

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Chinese authorities launch fresh investigation into fruit imports

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.

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NZ apple export season running late but looking ‘promising’

January 22nd, 2015

Pipfruit NZ says the industry will begin alligning its proprietary varieties to become more customer-focused.

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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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Former Zespri employee files charges against company

December 22nd, 2014

An ex-Zespri manager incarcerated China is sueing the marketer under the Employment Relations Authority.

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Opinion: Why ‘eco-credentials’ will soon become a necessity

December 17th, 2014

Plant & Food NZ’s Dr. Brent Clothier discusses what growers can expect from better detailing their eco-footprint.

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Freshmax markets Love Beets in NZ

December 17th, 2014

After securing national distribution rights, Freshmax NZ plans to bring Love Beets to Australia.

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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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Competitors unconcerned by Chinese access for South African apples

December 12th, 2014

Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.

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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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NZ: T&G granted approval to acquire Apollo Apples

December 9th, 2014

BayWa’s share of New Zealand’s apple exports will soon increase to 35%.

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NZ trade tariff costs down by a quarter since 2012

December 5th, 2014

Horticulture New Zealand’s head says progress on trade tariff reduction enhances Asian trade opportunities.

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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: Plant & Food Research to support pipfruit access to Asian markets

November 27th, 2014

Pipfruit New Zealand says Asia-bound exports could represent half the total volumes by 2022 following new funding.

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New Zealand and South Korea complete FTA negotiations

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.

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China: Fruitday gears up for Mexican blackberries, Chilean avocados

November 14th, 2014

After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.

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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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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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BayWa restructures German fruit business

November 5th, 2014

An aggressive Lake Constance investment program comes as part of a new structure for apple company BayWa.

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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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Kenyan avocado farmers lifted by five-year NZ aid program

October 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.

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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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Freshmax Group launches IP business

October 1st, 2014

Freshmax says its new intellectual property business will focus on new variety licensing and brand development.

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NZ: Turners & Growers to revamp brand

September 25th, 2014

Turners & Growers looks ahead to the next 100 years with a simplified name and new logo.

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T&G teams up with Unifrutti Chile in Peruvian grape JV

September 10th, 2014

Unifrutti Chile and New Zealand’s Turners & Growers expect a new Peruvian grape partnership will yield fruit next year.

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NZ: T&G partners with school charity to aid agricultural education

September 5th, 2014

Turners & Growers will support a charity to help provide New Zealand schools with purpose-built gardens.

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NZ growers take action to mitigate rain risks for cherries

September 2nd, 2014

New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.

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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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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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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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USDA expects Chilean stonefruit rebound in 2014-15

August 21st, 2014

After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.

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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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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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Ex-Woolworths chief promoted to CEO at Walmart U.S.

July 24th, 2014

Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.

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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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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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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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TomatoesNZ urges action on unlabeled irradiated produce

July 7th, 2014

TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.

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NZ avocado industry receives new government funding

June 25th, 2014

Jen Scoular believes New Zealand can quadruple avocado export revenue and reduce dependence on trade with Australia.

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NZ apple growers enjoy a positive season

June 23rd, 2014

Favorable weather conditions mean New Zealand’s apple growers are optimistic about this season.

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NZ apple exporter charged over document misuse

June 19th, 2014

A New Zealand apple company head could face jail as he faces charges over export scheme.

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NZ, German companies join red-flesh apple association

June 13th, 2014

IFORED now has two new members, with the first pre-commercial, red-flesh apple orchards set for planting in 2015.

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New Zealand’s avocado sales soar

June 10th, 2014

New Zealand’s avocado industry enjoyed record income this season and is set to remain strong.

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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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Former Chinese partners take Zespri to court

June 4th, 2014

Two Chinese companies are claiming NZ$33.5 million in damages from kiwifruit exporter Zespri.

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NZ apple company set for exchange listing amid rising prices

June 4th, 2014

Apple exporter Scales Corp is set to float on the stock market after more than 100 years of private ownership.

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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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U.S. and NZ take on Indonesia to protect horticultural trade

May 12th, 2014

Indonesia’s import licensing policy has sparked another WTO trade dispute with the U.S. and New Zealand.

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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 apple trade resumes in China

April 24th, 2014

New Zealand and Chinese authorities have come to an agreement to continue apple shipments.

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The Packaging Pitch: the good and bad news about driving consumption

April 21st, 2014

Lisa Cork questions how produce marketers are selling their product in light of a recent U.K. health study.

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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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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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NZ: Mr Apple’s exports “well ahead” of 2013

April 10th, 2014

Less availability has led to good market conditions for New Zealand’s apple exports, according to a leading shipper.

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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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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: 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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Golden, not yellow: a new category for Opal apples in Europe

February 27th, 2014

With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.

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Zespri cuts ties with three Taiwanese importers

February 18th, 2014

Learning its lesson from China, Zespri has been proactive in Taiwan after discrepancies were found in invoices.

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New Zealand MP calls foul play by Aussie-owned Countdown

February 14th, 2014

New Zealand MP Shane Jones has accused the Countdown supermarket of blackmail, racketeering and extortion.

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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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New Zealand calls off fruit fly quarantine restrictions

February 10th, 2014

New Zealand farmers can take a sign of relief after this month’s fruit fly scare.

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The Packaging Pitch: cocktail tomatoes stir up brand support

February 4th, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork discusses a nifty packaging concept she felt an instant affinity with.

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China facing widespread cherry shortage, says importer

January 29th, 2014

Two Chinese experts explain the factors behind this year’s “viral” cherry sales campaign.

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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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Fruit fly detection puts New Zealand growers on alert

January 24th, 2014

A Queensland fruit fly has been detected in northern New Zealand, forcing a quarantine area.

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U.S.: Envy apples hit record volumes in Washington State

January 23rd, 2014

A trademarked New Zealand apple is making a big impact with Washington State growers.

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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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New Zealand researchers uncover genetics behind onion development

December 5th, 2013

Genetic research on onions done in New Zealand could guide better breeding.

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Taiwan to slash tariffs for NZ cherry exporters

November 21st, 2013

New Zealand is set to get a fresh competitive edge in its top cherry export market.

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Opinion: building the Pacific Rim’s produce powerhouse

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.

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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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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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Opportunities ripe for Chinese produce consolidation, says NAB

October 24th, 2013

WIth low valuations and low debt, China’s produce industry presents great possibilities for cross-border M&A activity.

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NZ: motive for Zespri fraud probe remains unclear

October 23rd, 2013

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

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NZ: 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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Lower Mexican supply makes room for NZ avocados in Asia

October 14th, 2013

New Zealand’s avocado industry is expecting significant improvements in orchard gate returns for growers this year.

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The Packaging Pitch: bringing a new pack to life

October 2nd, 2013

Lisa Cork highlights the importance of not letting the variety become the dominant fruit marketing message.

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NZ suspends apple exports to China

September 25th, 2013

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

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NZ growers left uncertain over Resource Management Act reform

September 16th, 2013

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

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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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International partnership to build new Malaysian coolstore facility

September 6th, 2013

New Zealand’s Seeka is teaming up with international and local players in Malaysia to improve cold chain infrastructure.

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The ‘Papple’ lays roots in international orchards

September 6th, 2013

A pear that looks more like an apple, the Papple is reaching growers across North America and Europe.

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NZ: BBC Technologies reaches out to Latin America

September 3rd, 2013

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

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NZ: Zespri records positive results for SunGold kiwifruit

August 27th, 2013

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

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

August 23rd, 2013

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

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Kiwifruit consumption lifts mood and energy, NZ study shows

August 23rd, 2013

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

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HortNZ takes a stab at Australian tomatoes

August 15th, 2013

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

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NZ offers India support to sweeten apple tariff cut talks

August 14th, 2013

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

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Opinion: DKNY fragrance brings whole new meaning to delicious apples

August 13th, 2013

DKNY’s Delicious Apples campaign shows ‘outsiders’ view fruit in a positive light.

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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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HortNZ president sets goals on improved communication, national image

August 6th, 2013

Horticulture New Zealand’s new president Julian Raine will focus on grower communication and biosecurity.

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Genes determine odor sensitivity, NZ study shows

August 6th, 2013

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

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NZ breeder develops disease resistant asparagus

August 5th, 2013

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

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Zespri optimistic about Psa, future in China

July 25th, 2013

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

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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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The Packaging Pitch: I love men! (as shoppers that is)

July 1st, 2013

Lisa Cork analyzes some man-targeting packaging that the produce industry could take on board.

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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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NZ: Giumarra anticipates start of Meyer lemon exports

June 18th, 2013

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

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NZ: Turners & Growers appoints new CEO

June 13th, 2013

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

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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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Germany: BayWa expects profit rise in 2013

June 5th, 2013

Turners & Growers’ German owner BayWa expects increased profits this year.

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NZ: T&G takes full stake in Delica

June 3rd, 2013

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

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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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Osku and Convex cast wide net for specialized fruit packaging

May 22nd, 2013

New Zealand and Chilean companies have partnered up to develop modified atmosphere packaging for key fruit markets.

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

May 20th, 2013

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

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Researchers sequence draft kiwifruit genome

May 17th, 2013

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

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NZ apple exporters upbeat despite delays

May 9th, 2013

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

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NZ: blackcurrants linked to better work productivity

May 8th, 2013

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

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Vietnam: dragon fruit development gets full focus

April 29th, 2013

New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research is working to make Vietnam’s dragon fruit an international model.

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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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SH apple shipments down, pear exports stagnant

April 19th, 2013

New Zealand’s apple exports were up in the early season, but volumes were down for Chile, Argentina and South Africa.

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Opinion: harvest mechanization far away but not distant

April 5th, 2013

Arturo Calderón discusses advances in mechanical harvester development, shifting away from expensive prototypes.

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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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NZ parliament debates impacts of Zespri smuggling case

March 27th, 2013

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

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Zespri found guilty of smuggling by Chinese court

March 22nd, 2013

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

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NZ kiwifruit merger gets shareholder vote

March 15th, 2013

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

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

March 12th, 2013

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

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The Packaging Pitch: marketing “uses” prompts multi-variety purchases

March 11th, 2013

Lisa Cork looks at how educating consumers about different uses of certain varieties can drive sales across products.

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

March 8th, 2013

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

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NZ and Mexico to strengthen ag relations

March 7th, 2013

Mexico aims to diversify and grow agricultural exports to improve its trade balance with New Zealand.

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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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Shipping rates deal blow to Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters

February 28th, 2013

Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters urged shipping lines to reconsider steep rate increases that could damage competitiveness.

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NZ study suggests kiwifruit disease source

February 27th, 2013

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

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

February 27th, 2013

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

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NZ: Seeka annual report reflects hardship of Psa

February 21st, 2013

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

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HortNZ defends produce against Aussie mislabeling claims

February 20th, 2013

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

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High pome fruit prices to continue in Europe, says Capespan Continent rep

February 15th, 2013

Capespan Continent’s Stefanie de Puysseleir discusses the European pome fruit outlook this season.

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Chile’s Osku forms alliance with New Zealand packaging company

February 8th, 2013

Osku and Convex Plastics are teaming up to improve fruit shelf life.

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Proposed merger could form NZ’s largest kiwifruit postharvest company

February 5th, 2013

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

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Pipfruit NZ forecasts modest apple and pear exports in 2013

February 4th, 2013

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

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

January 29th, 2013

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

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NZ trials kiwifruit canopies to halt Psa spread

January 28th, 2013

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

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NZ places ban on unauthorized Psa treatment

January 22nd, 2013

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

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Zespri pleads not guilty to customs offenses in China

January 18th, 2013

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

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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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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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Apple exporters take on Indian tariffs, methyl bromide proposals

December 20th, 2012

We hear New Zealand, U.S. and Chilean perspectives on India’s apple market obstacles.

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NZ: 2013-14 gold kiwifruit forecast stark

December 14th, 2012

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

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Hail storms rattle New Zealand apple growers

December 14th, 2012

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

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NZ kiwifruit companies investigate Psa lawsuit options

November 30th, 2012

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

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Tariff costs rising for NZ horticultural exporters

November 29th, 2012

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

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Branching hormone could aid NZ breeding programs

November 27th, 2012

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

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Carbon sequestration mapping a boost for NZ kiwifruit industry

November 20th, 2012

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

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

November 13th, 2012

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

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Lower crop means good ‘management’ for NZ avocados

November 12th, 2012

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

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NZ apple exports could rise 3.5% in 2013

November 9th, 2012

The USDA believes 2012-13 could be a turning point for NZ apple shipments to Asia.

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NZ growers prepare for insecticide phase-out

November 6th, 2012

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

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NZ could quadruple SunGold kiwifruit exports in 2013

November 5th, 2012

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

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NZ introduces new biocontrol method for apple pest management

November 2nd, 2012

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

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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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Trans-Tasman study taps nutritional specifics for veggie marketing drive

October 22nd, 2012

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

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

October 19th, 2012

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

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Opinion: bumblebees as managed avocado pollinators?

October 16th, 2012

David Pattemore looks at how bumblebees may be used to reduced the extremities of alternate bearing in avocados.

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NZ: kiwifruit disease Psa-V detected further south

October 12th, 2012

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

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Fressure Foods wants ‘Australasian leadership’ in procesed avocados

October 12th, 2012

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

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NZ: Zespri launches Mexican child health kiwifruit drive

October 9th, 2012

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

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European pear genome sequenced in record time

October 4th, 2012

Scientists have unlocked the genetic sequence of the European pear.

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The Packaging Pitch: the art of the “need fulfilled”

October 3rd, 2012

Packaging expert Lisa Cork takes a look at ‘specific need’ marketing for health benefits.

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NZ growers overwhelmingly back new industry levy

October 1st, 2012

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

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NZ: Psa-V infected orchard cases treble

September 28th, 2012

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

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NZ avocado exports in line for rot prediction revamp

September 27th, 2012

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

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U.S.: NZ apple variety takes off in Washington State

September 26th, 2012

A New Zealand-developed apple grown in Washington is set to hit supermarket shelves this month.

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NZ kiwifruit jobs look uncertain for next season

September 24th, 2012

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

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HortNZ ‘pleased’ with referendum votes to date

September 20th, 2012

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

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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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