New Zealand

New Zealand horticulture lays out roadmap for recovery from pandemic

New Zealand horticulture lays out roadmap for recovery from pandemic

Published on Jul 21st, 2020
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New Zealand’s horticulture sector has come together with the government to devise a strategy for the country post-Covid. Published on 15 July, the roadmap contains the detailed steps required to accelerate the recovery. Antony Heywood, chief executive of Vegetables New Zealand, expressed his optimism with the collaboration, given that the wealth of expertise in the horticulture industry is often compromised by a lack of government insight into and understanding of the industry.

SunGold licenses in great demand

SunGold licenses in great demand

Published on Jul 14th, 2020

Demand among New Zealand producers to produce SunGold kiwifruit continues to surge. Farmers Weekly reports that once again, the annual offering of 700ha of new licences for producing SunGold was oversubscribed, with bids totalling 1,660ha, reflecting the ongoing optimism among growers about SunGold’s value and prospects. At NZ$400,000/ha, SunGold is the most valuable fruit license, with the next being Envy apples at around $100,000/ha. Licence income has now become an integral part of Zespri’s non-fruit earnings, accounting for $211 million, or 6% of company revenue.

Inefficiencies dog Australia’s supply chain

Inefficiencies dog Australia’s supply chain

Published on Jun 22nd, 2020

It is estimated that Australia’s fresh produce industry loses almost €1 billion annually due to its inefficient supply chain, which leads to 18-22% of fresh produce lost each year. This is the finding of a report published by Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ). Darren Keating, chief executive of PMA A-NZ, said, “Poor performance of the supply chain can cause visibility and trust issues, which often makes it difficult to pinpoint the inefficiencies and areas to directly target investment for improvement.

Zespri™ presents new communication platform “Taking care of yourself is a pleasure”

Zespri™ presents new communication platform “Taking care of yourself is a pleasure”

Published on Jun 11th, 2020

Since the brand was founded 22 years ago, Zespri™ has remained true to its original image, but in 2020, the New Zealand kiwi brand decided to make a change to more faithfully reflect its purpose: to contribute to the prosperity of people, communities and the environment by offering the benefits of kiwi, while also continuing to increase its participation in the fresh fruit sector globally.

Record exports predicted for New Zealand apples 

Record exports predicted for New Zealand apples 

Published on May 28th, 2020

New Zealand’s 2019/20 apple crop is projected to increase by 2.8% to 593,000 tons (source: FAS/Wellington),  due to an expanded harvested area and a good growing season, despite the impact of COVID-19 on harvesting and packing. The larger crop is set to boost the country’s apple exports for 2019/2020, which are forecast to hit a record 400,000 tons, up 2.3% on 2018/2019. This continues a promising trend, as apple exports in 2018/2019 rose 5.8% from 2017/2018. 

T&G Global supports NZ small businesses with apple ship charter to Europe

T&G Global supports NZ small businesses with apple ship charter to Europe

Published on May 04th, 2020

T&G Global has chartered a ship to take about 31 million apples to Antwerp, as a way around potential container shortages and port closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Baltic Spring is currently (Tuesday and Wednesday) loading the last apples from Hawke’s Bay at Napier Port, after a last-ditch packing effort over the weekend.

Economic crisis pushes New Zealanders into the fields

Economic crisis pushes New Zealanders into the fields

Published on Apr 14th, 2020

 

The annual problem faced by New Zealand’s horticulture industry regarding the lack of seasonal labour has actually been eased in recent weeks. The rising unemployment prompted by the coronavirus pandemic is leading to locals looking for employment in agriculture, one of the few essential services allowed to operate in the current lockdown conditions across the country. This comes at a critical point as the harvests of apple, and pear and kiwifruit hit their peaks.

T&G Global: 2020 apple harvest in full swing

T&G Global: 2020 apple harvest in full swing

Published on Apr 01st, 2020
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New Zealand’s 2020 apple harvest is in full swing and T&G Global, one of New Zealand’s largest growers and exporters of apples, is in the midst of picking around 6.5 million cartons of crunchy, delicious apples.

Craig Betty, Director of Operations for T&G Global says the apple crop is shaping up beautifully with great quality, good sized apples.

Concerns over how to market bumper New Zealand kiwi crop 

Concerns over how to market bumper New Zealand kiwi crop 

Published on Mar 17th, 2020

 

As New Zealand’s kiwi harvest gets underway amidst forecasts of a bumper crop, the country’s sector is now concerned about how markets will be found for the fruit given the current trade disruptions caused by the coronavirus. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. (NZKGI) project there will be 155 million trays of green and golden kiwi this season – up 5.5% on last year’s crop. Zespri estimates it will produce more SunGold than green this season, which will be accompanied by a growing supply of red kiwi. 

Girona and New Zealand’s apple producers join forces

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