New Zealand’s first zero carbon Fairtrade banana
Fanfare greets launch of Dazzle apples in China
New Zealand’s newest apple variety Dazzle has arrived in China with large celebrations at wholesale markets as importers and retailers race to get a taste. It’s the first year that there have been large volumes of Dazzle apples available for Chinese customers and they weren’t wasting any time to get their hands on the delicious, red, sweet apple from New Zealand.
Kiwis grow increasingly fond of persimmon
New Zealanders are developing a taste for persimmons, a fruit previously mainly destined for export, especially Japan, reports Asiafruit. Ian Turk, manager of the New Zealand Persimmon Industry Council, said: “We’re excited to have seen an increase of 20 per cent in just two years in the New Zealand market.”
20% higher sales of Zespri’s New Zealand kiwis forecast in Europe
Zespri expects a record season for sales of New Zealand-grown kiwifruit, the first batches of which landed in Europe at the Port of Zeebrugge, Netherlands, on 18th April. The 7,000-pallet consignment of SunGold is aboard MV Cool Eagle, a new specialised reefer vessel built by Cool Carriers and the largest vessel to carry Zespri kiwifruit to date, reports Eurofruit. The first green kiwi should arrive in May.
Strong year of growth ahead for Rockit Global
New Zealand’s apple exports shrink
Photo: Mr. Apple
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.