March 09, 2014 / Week N° 10
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.
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