Zespri's Sungold is the #1 branded kiwi in the category

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Zespri's Sungold is the #1 branded kiwi in the category


ORANGE COUNTY, CA –  Zespri is building on its successful consumer campaign of ‘”Let Your Taste Wander” and encouraging retailers to wander to the Zespri booth to see the new look and feel of the SunGold clam pack; taste a refreshing Kiwirita or super smoothie; and join the fun by playing S’KIWI Ball against industry friends for a chance to win a new iPhone 11 Pro!

In addition to the lively booth atmosphere that represents the company culture, Zespri’s regional and international staff will meet with key retailers and industry partners to discuss customized programs to continue driving sales and success with Zespri’s proprietary kiwifruit varieties.

“Our global Zespri team looks forward to PMA each year,” explains Sarah Deaton, Zespri’s shopper marketing manager. “It gives us the forum to bring our brand to life and update the industry on the growing consumer demand for SunGold and other varieties as well as the strong marketing investment behind our brand. Our goal is to help retailers and industry partners increase their sales and show them how we are committed to growing the kiwifruit category.”

The “Let your Taste Wander” campaign drove consumers to stores looking for the unique SunGold Kiwifruit flavor through digital and print advertising and an interactive consumer contest. The campaign aimed to help shoppers explore outside of their typical fruit selections and break from their predictable grocery shopping routines. The theme is represented in Zespri’s booth décor and messaging at PMA.

Moreover, the campaign helped propel Zespri’s SunGold to the #1 branded kiwi in the category, up 19 percent vs. last year. Overall, Zespri dollar sales have increased over 28 percent vs. a year ago, which is five times faster than the total kiwifruit category. *

“Zespri’s success can also be attributed to the new packaging design and merchandising displays,” explains Deaton. “We launched the season with a new look and feel for our SunGold, Green and organic varieties. The graphics convey the nutritional information as well as the simplicity of eating on the go by simply cutting, scooping with a spoon and enjoying its tropical, sweet taste. The refreshed packaging will be on display at the New Product Showcase.”

As Zespri participates in its fourth year as an exhibitor, their fun, brand spirit keeps the momentum going.  Zespri is co-sponsoring the Welcome Reception where attendees can enjoy SunGold and Green Kiwifruit dishes and beverages and meet with the Zespri team. Zespri will also sponsor the 5K Race For Talent.

Runners can cool off and refresh with a SunGold kiwi after the race. As the recipient of the Best Team Attire award last year, Zespri will display their creativity with this year’s costume and lively booth activities. Zespri’s market development managers will be at the booth ready to customize programs for retailers and provide them with the tools and resources to help grow their sales.


Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit 1-lb clam pack has a new look and feel and will be on display during PMA’s New Product Showcase. The refreshed packaging has nutritional information along with graphics depicting the cut, scoop and eat messaging for on-the-go shoppers looking for healthy, flavorful snacking options.

Stop by Zespri’s booth 3085 to meet with the Zespri team, cool off with a refreshing drink and challenge your colleagues to a friendly game of S’KIWI Ball for a chance to win an iPhone 11 Pro! The fun never ends at Zespri!

*Source: IRI Total U.S. MULO – Season to Date is week ending 5/12/19 – 9/8/19


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