Strong year of growth ahead for Rockit Global
New Zealand’s apple exports shrink
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New Zealand’s apple sector forecasts a 14% drop in the volume of apples exported in 2021 compared to 2020. Industry association New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc (NZAPI) projected export will reach just over 347,700 tons. Some of the causes in the fall are a shortage of available labour, significant hail damage in the Nelson and Central Otago regions, and small calibres.
Zespri accused of intimidating behaviour toward Kiwifruit NZ to secure China deal
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Zespri has been accused of attempting to pressurise industry regulator Kiwifruit NZ into "rubber-stamping" a contentious business deal in China, according to Stuff.co.nz. The accusation relates to a phone call described as “threatening” by Kiwifruit NZ’s chairperson, Kristy McDonald, following a rejection of Zespri's proposed three-year trial at buying and branding 1.95 million trays of counterfeit SunGold kiwifruit grown in China on vines stolen from the company.
Shortage of lemons in New Zealand
New Zealand’s retail sector is currently facing low availability of lemons, leading to soaring prices where the fruit is still in fact on sale. Logistical problems related to Covid-19 have slowed down imports and led to shortages across the country. January tends to see low domestic production, with most of New Zealand’s lemons coming from the US at this time of the year.
Giving everyone a Fairgrow: helping to get fresh fruit and veges to Kiwis in need
Zespri ships 600,000 tons of New Zealand kiwis to world in 2020
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New Zealand’s kiwi season draws to a close, with Zespri announcing increased exports from last season. The ciountry’s record harvest, which also commenced earlier than usual, allowed 600,000 tons of Zespri SunGold, Green and Red kiwifruit to be exported from New Zeland to over 50 countries around the world. As the Southern Hemisphere campaign ends, Zespri’s production focus now shifts to Italy, France, South Korea and Japan.
New investments in New Zealand’s cherry sector
New Zealand’s cherry industry has demonstrated strong long-term growth, driven by the country’s ideal climate and proximity to Asia. Now Deep Creek Fruits NZ is investing in two cherry orchard projects (Mt. Pisa and Lindis River) in Central Otago. Both projects are to be managed by leading New Zealand horticultural consultant Hortinvest.
New Zealand horticulture lays out roadmap for recovery from pandemic
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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
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
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.