July 22, 2014 / Week N° 30

Posts Tagged New Zealand

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.


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.


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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