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Thursday 17 June 2021

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Apple industry winter employee funding
15 Jun 2021  

Apple industry winter employee funding

NZ Apples and Pears Inc is encouraging apple industry employers to draw on new government funding to keep their workers employed during the winter season.


$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight
15 Jun 2021   /

$50k HVN funding puts plums in spotlight

The High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge has provided a $50,000 development grant to Hastings-based research and project management collaborator Foot Steps to investigate the Damson plum.


Robotics unlock packhouse efficiencies at Rockit
15 Jun 2021   /

Robotics unlock packhouse efficiencies at Rockit

International food processing technology company, MHM Automation, has designed what it describes as world-leading robotic technology for apple company Rockit Global.


Avocado earnings jump 47% to reach “extraordinary” $227m
11 Jun 2021   /

Avocado earnings jump 47% to reach “extraordinary” $227m

The growth is being driven by a big increase in exports to Australia – but that may not last, says NZ Avocado.


Pollard to depart NZ Apples & Pears
9 Jun 2021  

Pollard to depart NZ Apples & Pears

NZ Apples and Pears Inc’s chief executive of nine years, Alan Pollard, is to step down from his role later this year.


Young fruitgrower of the year makes it a double
9 Jun 2021  

Young fruitgrower of the year makes it a double

A 25-year-old orchard foreman at T&G Global has won the Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year competition for the second time.


Seeka goes for $20m expansion, Pukenga packhouse decision delayed
8 Jun 2021  

Seeka goes for $20m expansion, Pukenga packhouse decision delayed

Kiwifuit company Seeka has delayed a decision on developing a new packhouse at Pukenga by pledging a $20m upgrade at an existing packhouse.


Rockit Global opens new headquarters
2 Jun 2021  

Rockit Global opens new headquarters

Rockit Global has officially opened its new global headquarters in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay, unveiling a a brand refresh at the same time.


Zespri posts record returns as profit leaps 45%
28 May 2021  

Zespri posts record returns as profit leaps 45%

The kiwifruit giant said it delivered record per tray returns across all categories in the 2020/2021 season.


A season of challenges for Summerfruit NZ
28 May 2021  

A season of challenges for Summerfruit NZ

Oversupply of fruit saw prices slump in the summer adding to what was described as a “challenging” season in Summerfruit NZ’s annual report.


Hort Connections to go ahead in Brisbane as planned
28 May 2021   /

Hort Connections to go ahead in Brisbane as planned

Annual trade show and conference confirmed for 7-9 June despite Victoria lockdown.


Bond takes the reins at NZKGI
25 May 2021   /

Bond takes the reins at NZKGI

New chief executive Colin Bond replaces outgoing boss Nikki Johnson.


New look for Luv’ya apples and pears
24 May 2021   /

New look for Luv’ya apples and pears

Nelson Tasman grower and exporter, Luv’ya, has announced a brand refresh for its entire range of apples and pears.


United Fresh holds UN future food brainstorm
21 May 2021  

United Fresh holds UN future food brainstorm

Stakeholders from across NZ’s produce supply chain have come together to brainstorm the future of fresh food in Aotearoa, in an event hosted by pan-produce industry organisation United Fresh.


New $40m Rockit HQ launchpad for 70% sales surge – CEO
20 May 2021  

New $40m Rockit HQ launchpad for 70% sales surge – CEO

Miniature apple company Rockit Global is ready to cut the red ribbon on its new circa $40m global headquarters following a bumper harvest.


Zespri appoints Barrass to board
20 May 2021   /

Zespri appoints Barrass to board

Zespri Group has appointed the former Goodman Fielder and Griffins Foods chief executive Alison Barrass to its board as an independent director.


No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt
18 May 2021  

No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt

The pandemic has highlighted NZ’s reliance on temporary migrant labour, says the government.


T&G Global chair heads for the exit
18 May 2021   /

T&G Global chair heads for the exit

T&G Global’s chairman of nine years, Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, is to step down at the end of its annual meeting on 23 June 2021


Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue
11 May 2021   /

Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue

But there are concerns over the costs of the scheme for employers.


Ōpōtiki rolls out welcome mat for OPAC
11 May 2021   /

Ōpōtiki rolls out welcome mat for OPAC

Seeka has been officially welcomed to Ōpōtiki to celebrate its purchase of Ōpōtiki Packing and Cool Storage.


Gold kiwifruit overtakes green
10 May 2021  

Gold kiwifruit overtakes green

The total canopy area of gold kiwifruit has now surpassed that of the green variety, according to final agricultural production figures from Stats NZ.


OANZ puts call out for MPI organics workshop
10 May 2021   /

OANZ puts call out for MPI organics workshop

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand is urging its member to attend upcoming Ministry for Primary Industries organic regulation and standards workshops.


Zeijoa expands distribution across the ditch
6 May 2021  

Zeijoa expands distribution across the ditch

Australia is the biggest export destination for New Zealand feijoas and there is real possibility for expansion, says New Zealand’s largest feijoa exporter.


HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO
5 May 2021   /

HortNZ appoints Nadine Tunley CEO

The former New Zealand Apples & Pears chair will take over from Mike Chapman on 14 June.


Seeka gets $59m OPAC deal over the line
5 May 2021   /

Seeka gets $59m OPAC deal over the line

A certificate of amalgamation is imminent, formalising the kiwifruit specialists’ deal.


Greens business comes up for sale
4 May 2021  

Greens business comes up for sale

Eight-year old Marlborough herb and lettuce hydroponics business Thymebank has been put up for sale.


Summerfruit NZ opens 2021 conference registration
3 May 2021  

Summerfruit NZ opens 2021 conference registration

Summerfruit NZ has opened registration for the Growing strong – Success in a changing world conference.


New T&G Envy orchard gets go-ahead
30 Apr 2021  

New T&G Envy orchard gets go-ahead

OIO approves T&G Global purchase of an 11-hectare Hawke’s Bay site to grow more Envy apples.


Five hort heavyweights battle for two board seats
28 Apr 2021   /

Five hort heavyweights battle for two board seats

Five horticulture heavyweight’s have thrown their name in the ring for two existing vacancies on the Horticulture New Zealand board.


T&G Global starts shipping Envy
27 Apr 2021  

T&G Global starts shipping Envy

Five ships carrying 28,000 cartons of T&G Global’s Envy apples are on their way to Asia.


Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no
23 Apr 2021   /

Frozen potato chips inquiry – dumping yes, threat no

The dumping of frozen fries from Europe is not a threat to local industry, says a draft government report.


Zespri values 2021 kiwifruit licence at up to $435m
22 Apr 2021  

Zespri values 2021 kiwifruit licence at up to $435m

The co-op says the preliminary result compared to last year’s range of $300m-$305m.


Avocados on track for smashing season as persimmon sales perk up
20 Apr 2021  

Avocados on track for smashing season as persimmon sales perk up

Forecasts for the next avocado crop are bullish, while growing sales sees persimmons as the new kid on the chopping block.


Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ
16 Apr 2021  

Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ

The Government must act now to retain remaining highly productive land for fruit and vegetables.


Man jailed for 113kg of meth hidden in avocado pulp
16 Apr 2021   /

Man jailed for 113kg of meth hidden in avocado pulp

A Mexican national has been jailed for smuggling 113kg of methamphetamine in a shipment of avocado pulp.


Seeka clears first hurdle in OPAC acquisition
15 Apr 2021  

Seeka clears first hurdle in OPAC acquisition

Seeka is a step closer to buying kiwifruit rival Ōpōtiki Packing and Coolstorage.


HortNZ welcomes council support for vegetable growing
14 Apr 2021  

HortNZ welcomes council support for vegetable growing

Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming Horizons Regional Council’s decision to adopt recommendations on its Plan Change 2.


KVH names new CEO
13 Apr 2021   /

KVH names new CEO

Leanne Stewart replaces outgoing CEO Stu Hutchings.


Seeka makes case for $60m OPAC acquisition
12 Apr 2021   /

Seeka makes case for $60m OPAC acquisition

Seeka’s proposed $60m purchase of rival kiwifruit company Opotiki Packing and Cool Storage would create New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower with annual revenue of £300m – but it is far from a done deal.


T&G to debut Australian blueberries in December
12 Apr 2021  

T&G to debut Australian blueberries in December

The new blueberry varieties will be able to be grown year round in Australia.


Early harvest for satsuma mandarins
9 Apr 2021   /

Early harvest for satsuma mandarins

T&G Fresh has begun harvesting the first of this season’s satsuma mandarins, with good weather conditions bringing an earlier harvest than usual for the fruit.


Zespri in trading halt
8 Apr 2021  

Zespri in trading halt

Zespri has been placed in a trading halt on the USX to allow the finalisation of the 2021 Gold3 and Zespri Red tender process.


NZ avocado sector to top $200m
7 Apr 2021  

NZ avocado sector to top $200m

The New Zealand avocado industry has grown from a high of $68m in 2011 to a forecast of over $200m in 2020, according to NZ Avocado..


HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future
6 Apr 2021  

HortNZ: Incentives, investment needed for low emissions future

The industry association says horticulture can play a key role in the country’s climate change strategy.


Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt
6 Apr 2021  

Extended immigration powers will help labour shortages – Govt

Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.


Northland avo orchard up for sale
1 Apr 2021  

Northland avo orchard up for sale

With its 8,250 established trees, the orchard had a forecast for this season of 90,000 trays.


T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs
31 Mar 2021   /

T&G turns to VR to help recruit locals into jobs

The producer is utilising the technology to train Hawke’s Bay locals to fill roles across its orchards, packhouses and cool stores.


T&G Global ships first lot of JAZZ apples
31 Mar 2021   /

T&G Global ships first lot of JAZZ apples

T&G Global has shipped its first lot of new season JAZZ apples to global markets.


Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings
30 Mar 2021   /

Primary sector economies take top spots – ASB regional rankings

The bank described the December 2020 quarter results as a tale of two islands as the north continued to outperform the south.


HortNZ “thrilled” to back biosecurity bill
29 Mar 2021   /

HortNZ “thrilled” to back biosecurity bill

If passed, the legislation would require that all aircrafts entering NZ provide biosecurity information to people onboard by both a video and in writing.


Seeka lines up $60m OPAC deal
26 Mar 2021   /

Seeka lines up $60m OPAC deal

The Bay of Plenty-based company is looking to expand its footprint in the kiwifruit sector.


First Southern Hemisphere fruit industry event kicks off
25 Mar 2021  

First Southern Hemisphere fruit industry event kicks off

The inaugural Annual Southern Hemisphere Fresh Fruit Trade congress takes place today.


HortNZ:  Food security just as important as housing
24 Mar 2021  

HortNZ: Food security just as important as housing

The association fears new housing policy will see productive growing land lost to urban creep.


Zespri vote looms as counterfeit kiwifruit plantings grow
24 Mar 2021   /

Zespri vote looms as counterfeit kiwifruit plantings grow

Zespri is progressing its plan to move against the unlawful growing of kiwifruit in China as illegal plantings increase.


Woolworths recalls batch of Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice
24 Mar 2021   /

Woolworths recalls batch of Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice

Woolworths NZ Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice as the product could contain pieces of wood.


Huge losses ahead for apple and pear sector – NZAPI
23 Mar 2021   /

Huge losses ahead for apple and pear sector – NZAPI

Huge losses are forecast for the New Zealand apple and pear industry, according to New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc.


Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats
18 Mar 2021   /

Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats

The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.


First Look: MPI’s proposed organic certification process for F&B
16 Mar 2021   /

First Look: MPI’s proposed organic certification process for F&B

Organic food businesses will have to take part in a five-step process in order to gain organic certification under new proposals.


T&G boosts automated platform picking
16 Mar 2021  

T&G boosts automated platform picking

T&G Global is using eight new automated picking platforms this apple season to help improve productivity and safety.


ACT calls out Govt’s “dismal failure” to support growers
12 Mar 2021   /

ACT calls out Govt’s “dismal failure” to support growers

“Hundreds of millions of dollars of losses for apple, wine and other growers was a near certainty.”


Growers need more support for “vital role” – HortNZ
11 Mar 2021  

Growers need more support for “vital role” – HortNZ

Access to fruit and vegetables and food security was in the spotlight at Wednesday’s launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables.


HortNZ to discuss Climate Change Commission feedback
10 Mar 2021  

HortNZ to discuss Climate Change Commission feedback

The Commission released its draft advice to the Government on climate change action and is now consulting on it.


Feijoa season comes early thanks to good weather
10 Mar 2021   /

Feijoa season comes early thanks to good weather

Fine weather will bring an earlier harvest than usual for the feijoa sector.


Ngāi Tahu takes a bite of Rockit, Punchbowl ups stake
9 Mar 2021   /

Ngāi Tahu takes a bite of Rockit, Punchbowl ups stake

Hawke’s Bay apple producer Rockit Global completes a capital raise bringing in new investor Ngâi Tahu Holdings.


2021 kiwifruit season kicks off
8 Mar 2021  

2021 kiwifruit season kicks off

The 2021 kiwifruit season has begun, forecast to overtake last year’s last year’s record of 157 million trays of export green and gold.


Crop registration app launched for tomato growers
5 Mar 2021   /

Crop registration app launched for tomato growers

A new purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers has been launched by ag-tech firm Waybeyond.


Seeka doubles profit, pays down debt
1 Mar 2021   /

Seeka doubles profit, pays down debt

The Te Puke-based produce handler more than doubled its annual profit in FY20.


700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE
1 Mar 2021   /

700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE

The workers will be placed at orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island.


Scales sees profit squeezed after “challenging, disruptive” FY20
26 Feb 2021  

Scales sees profit squeezed after “challenging, disruptive” FY20

A “challenging and disruptive year” pushed revenue and profit down.


Harvest taster day to get workers into kiwifruit industry
26 Feb 2021   /

Harvest taster day to get workers into kiwifruit industry

The New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc is offering a harvest “taster day” to tempt job seekers to take up employment in the kiwifruit industry.


Call for HortNZ director nominations
25 Feb 2021   /

Call for HortNZ director nominations

The vacancies came as two directors will retire by rotation this year.


Taranaki looks to the humble avo for opportunities
25 Feb 2021   /

Taranaki looks to the humble avo for opportunities

Venture Taranaki will host its second Branching Out event, Avocados: The Taranaki Opportunity.


INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT
22 Feb 2021   /

INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT

Immigration New Zealand is doing more harm than good when it comes to the horticulture sector and the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, according to the ACT Party. “A completely inflexible MORE »


First Zespri shipment to depart in March
18 Feb 2021   /

First Zespri shipment to depart in March

Zespri’s first charter shipment of New Zealand fruit is due to depart in March.


Kiwifruit sector agrees to $40m settlement over Psa
17 Feb 2021  

Kiwifruit sector agrees to $40m settlement over Psa

The sector had brought a claim for $450m plus interest.


HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land
17 Feb 2021  

HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to establish protection for highly productive land.


Demand strong, particularly from Europe – Zespri
17 Dec 2020  

Demand strong, particularly from Europe – Zespri

A difficult 2020 has seen the the industry demonstrate its resilience, says Zespri chair Bruce Cameron.


Seeka to pay out 12c special dividend
17 Dec 2020  

Seeka to pay out 12c special dividend

The Te Puke-based company said the dividend would be paid on 27 January 2021 to all holders of ordinary shares.


Orchardist fined $14k after cyclists sprayed with chemicals
17 Dec 2020  

Orchardist fined $14k after cyclists sprayed with chemicals

The integrated, family-owned horticultural company was taken to court by the local council.


SFF Futures backs $25m grower and farm initiative
16 Dec 2020  

SFF Futures backs $25m grower and farm initiative

The Future Ready Farms programme is being led by Ballance Agri-Nutrients.


Cherries, blueberries, lamb in Air NZ Christmas cargo rush
16 Dec 2020  

Cherries, blueberries, lamb in Air NZ Christmas cargo rush

Air NZ’s cargo business will deliver around five million kilograms of food over summer.


New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers
15 Dec 2020  

New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers

New research backed by MPI could help bee hives live longer and be more efficient.


AGMARDT lifts funding grants to $3.6m
15 Dec 2020  

AGMARDT lifts funding grants to $3.6m

AGMARDT increased its investment in agricultural, horticultural and forestry businesses to $3.6m in the year to June 2020.


GE corn approved by food safety regulators prompts warning
15 Dec 2020  

GE corn approved by food safety regulators prompts warning

The corn is said to have multi-pesticide resistance.


Strawberry prices crushed 43% as exports fall
14 Dec 2020   /

Strawberry prices crushed 43% as exports fall

As air freight costs soared due to Covid-19 border closures, so did the price of exporting.


Watch: Zespri sustainability showcased
14 Dec 2020  

Watch: Zespri sustainability showcased

Zespri has outlined its sustainability strategy to the Sustainable Business Council.


Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle
11 Dec 2020  

Zespri goes in-house with sustainability boss shuffle

Carol Ward has been appointed chief grower, industry and sustainability officer.


Migrant exploitation earns Kiwfruit firm $250k fine
10 Dec 2020  

Migrant exploitation earns Kiwfruit firm $250k fine

Rajasekar Chellappa, former owner of Raj Kiwi, failed to pay minimum wage to six workers.


Seeka signs off $27m Australian deal, lifts guidance
10 Dec 2020   /

Seeka signs off $27m Australian deal, lifts guidance

The kiwifruit exporter gets the go-ahead for a sale and leaseback deal, unlocking more profit for the year.


Steady as she goes at diversified Scales
10 Dec 2020  

Steady as she goes at diversified Scales

Diversified agribusiness group will pay 9.5c interim dividend and affirms previous guidance.


Zespri, Plant & Food propose kiwifruit breeding centre jv
9 Dec 2020  

Zespri, Plant & Food propose kiwifruit breeding centre jv

The kiwifruit exporter and the Crown Research Institute already have a 30 year working relationship together under their belts.


Hawke’s Bay managed iso facility a ‘no brainer’ – ACT
9 Dec 2020  

Hawke’s Bay managed iso facility a ‘no brainer’ – ACT

The party’s leader David Seymour says the government should work with the region’s horticulturists.


Summerfruit slammed by Kiwi job seeker demand
9 Dec 2020  

Summerfruit slammed by Kiwi job seeker demand

Summerfruit NZ says growers have received more job applications than usual for this time of year.


Fruit & veg initiative schools up for 2021
9 Dec 2020  

Fruit & veg initiative schools up for 2021

A state-funded initiative will see 26 million servings of fresh fruit and veges dished out at low decile school.


T&G Fresh branches out with charity launch
7 Dec 2020   /

T&G Fresh branches out with charity launch

Fairgrow aims to help get fresh products to Kiwis in need in the wake of Covid-19.


Kiwifruit team in top science award
7 Dec 2020  

Kiwifruit team in top science award

The Science New Zealand 2020 National Awards were held on Thursday night.


Young growers put to test in 2021 comp
7 Dec 2020  

Young growers put to test in 2021 comp

Growers in Northland and Waikato have also been invited to enter.


T&G adds $50m to coffers with Nelson sale
4 Dec 2020  

T&G adds $50m to coffers with Nelson sale

Sale and leaseback of Nayland site will see fresh produce giant plough $50m of firepower into its growth strategy.


Exporters get one-stop-shop for biosecurity threats
4 Dec 2020  

Exporters get one-stop-shop for biosecurity threats

Online tool identifies pests, threats for exporters selling Kiwi produce to the world


Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance
3 Dec 2020  

Diet diversity prompts updated food safety guidance

The new research covers food groups ranging from seafood to berries.


Summer export boost for southern produce
3 Dec 2020  

Summer export boost for southern produce

Christchurch Airport will see a boost in cargo flights this summer following more Government support for the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme.


New independent eye on growers’ staff treatment
3 Dec 2020  

New independent eye on growers’ staff treatment

Independent auditors will be evaluating growers to ensure they are treating their staff fairly.


Taranaki looks to grow food & fibre opportunity
2 Dec 2020  

Taranaki looks to grow food & fibre opportunity

An assessment on the region’s land and climate has identified around 207,000 hectares which could be used.


NZ wine exports hit $2bn milestone
1 Dec 2020  

NZ wine exports hit $2bn milestone

New Zealand Winegrowers say exports to key international markets have increased “beyond expectations”.


Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive
1 Dec 2020   /

Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive

Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.


Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”
30 Nov 2020   /

Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”

Growers are relieved by the government’s announcement that a cohort of Registered Seasonal Employer workers will arrive in the New Year.


New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers
27 Nov 2020   /

New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers

Horticulture and wine growers across the country will see labour shortages ease.


Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association
27 Nov 2020  

Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association

She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.


Spirulina farm funding lays foundation for $100m sector
27 Nov 2020   /

Spirulina farm funding lays foundation for $100m sector

A two-year project will look at the viability of the industry, worth more than $100m to NZ a year.


T&G Global approves 6c interim dividend
27 Nov 2020  

T&G Global approves 6c interim dividend

A date has been set by the group, in an NZX announcement made on Thursday.


Hawke’s Bay growers seek iso facility for Covid-free RSE workers
26 Nov 2020  

Hawke’s Bay growers seek iso facility for Covid-free RSE workers

Hawke’s Bay horticulture and viticulture sectors worked together on a plan delivered to government last week.


Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas
25 Nov 2020  

Ardern: No RSE worker entry before Christmas

In a blow to the horticulture sector, the PM says this year’s seasonal labour shortage will not be solved before Christmas.


Global opportunities for NZ’s $2.7bn biotech sector – report
25 Nov 2020  

Global opportunities for NZ’s $2.7bn biotech sector – report

Developing new high-value dairy and nutritional products and two global opportunities identified in the landmark report.


Macadamia nut farm on the block
24 Nov 2020  

Macadamia nut farm on the block

It’s one of New Zealand’s biggest commercial macadamia nut orchards.


Primary sector gets online verification platform
23 Nov 2020  

Primary sector gets online verification platform

The new tool will give New Zealand consumers and producers verified data about primary sector products.


New training course to fill gaps caused by growth
18 Nov 2020  

New training course to fill gaps caused by growth

Bay of Plenty-based Fruition Horticulture has announced the new diploma.


More Northland students to get horticulture training
18 Nov 2020  

More Northland students to get horticulture training

Extra funding has been given to the Kerikeri Gateway Horticulture Schools Programme.


Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP
17 Nov 2020  

Primary, meat industries to profit from RCEP

Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand’s primary industries will “directly benefit” from the new trade deal.


High supply sees fruit, vege prices drop – Stats NZ
16 Nov 2020  

High supply sees fruit, vege prices drop – Stats NZ

The department says prices tend to fall in October as fruit and vegetables follow seasonal trend.


Marlborough approves $1.45m for wine trail
16 Nov 2020  

Marlborough approves $1.45m for wine trail

The Renwick wine trail is in its final stages of construction.


Strawberry industry hopes Kiwis will buy export excess
16 Nov 2020  

Strawberry industry hopes Kiwis will buy export excess

Strawberry exports have been restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Biosecurity NZ trials new pest detection tech
16 Nov 2020  

Biosecurity NZ trials new pest detection tech

The new scanner is being trialled at Auckland Airport to help ramp up protection.


Northland berry business first to repay PGF loan
13 Nov 2020  

Northland berry business first to repay PGF loan

It’s the first of around 100 PGF loans and equity investments worth over $600m to be paid back.


BOP Kiwifruit packhouse branches out – again
13 Nov 2020  

BOP Kiwifruit packhouse branches out – again

Bay of Plenty’s Mount Pack & Cool plans to expand its operations in 2021.


Kiwifruit disease Psa focus of new research project
13 Nov 2020  

Kiwifruit disease Psa focus of new research project

A new Plant & Food Research project will investigate the bacteria.


HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt
12 Nov 2020  

HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt

Horticulture New Zealand says it is keen to work constructively with the new Government, including minister Damien O’Conner who has been given the new trade and export growth portfolio.


Seasonal worker shortage ‘enormous pressure point’ – ANZ
11 Nov 2020  

Seasonal worker shortage ‘enormous pressure point’ – ANZ

As prime picking time looms near the horticulture industry remains concerned about RSE shortages.


PGF invests $825k in Northland organic farm initiative
11 Nov 2020   /

PGF invests $825k in Northland organic farm initiative

The Provincial Growth Fund has earmarked $825,000 for a Māori co-operative to convert an unused Northland block into an organic farm.


Record blueberry consumption after 15.2% jump
11 Nov 2020  

Record blueberry consumption after 15.2% jump

Eight million punnets of blueberries were eaten by New Zealanders last year.


Plant-based protein opportunities for NZ – report
11 Nov 2020  

Plant-based protein opportunities for NZ – report

Increased popularity in plant-based meat substitutes could create opportunities for producers in NZ.


Petition urges support for plant-based agri
10 Nov 2020  

Petition urges support for plant-based agri

With the likes of Sir David Attenborough advocating for it, plant-based eating is becoming less of a trend, and more of a to-do.


Scientist scoops fruit development award
9 Nov 2020   /

Scientist scoops fruit development award

The award celebrates his contributions to fruit variety development.


Climate change threat to Hawke’s Bay food supply – report
6 Nov 2020  

Climate change threat to Hawke’s Bay food supply – report

Hawke’s Bay has a “short window of time” to act against climate change.


Zespri to sign MOU with China for SunGold trial
6 Nov 2020  

Zespri to sign MOU with China for SunGold trial

Zespri intends to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with government officials in China .


Fruit production fungicide makes EPA hazardous list
6 Nov 2020  

Fruit production fungicide makes EPA hazardous list

It’s been added to the list for reassessment.


SunGold to drive Zespri’s 10-year growth
5 Nov 2020  

SunGold to drive Zespri’s 10-year growth

It comes as demand for the variety across the globe remains strong.


20k kids take part in Zespri-led initiative
5 Nov 2020   /

20k kids take part in Zespri-led initiative

Twenty thousand children across 250 schools are taking part in a Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure.


KVH in new BOP pest plant programme
4 Nov 2020  

KVH in new BOP pest plant programme

Kiwifruit Vine Health and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will work together.


Zespri adds trio of ships with Fresh Carriers investment
3 Nov 2020  

Zespri adds trio of ships with Fresh Carriers investment

The kiwifruit co-op is bolstering its shipping fleet by adding three new vessels.


Kiwi students to fill summer fruit picking void
3 Nov 2020   /

Kiwi students to fill summer fruit picking void

Fruit growers are being connected to students across the country looking for summer fruit picking work.


New Northland reservoir to support local horticulture sector
2 Nov 2020  

New Northland reservoir to support local horticulture sector

A new water storage reservoir in Northland could see horticulture opportunities in the region grow.


Zespri, Synlait finalists in Deloitte Top 200
2 Nov 2020   /

Zespri, Synlait finalists in Deloitte Top 200

Zespri and Synlait have been named as finalists in the Deloitte Top 200 Awards for 2020. The kiwifruit co-op has been nominated for two awards, Company of the Year and MORE »


Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan
2 Nov 2020   /

Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan

Tairāwhiti’s Wi Pere Trust is receiving a PDU loan from the latest round of Provincial Growth Funding.


Kiwifruit researchers discover key to yield
29 Oct 2020  

Kiwifruit researchers discover key to yield

Kiwifruit production could be optimised by upping the female flowers in an orchard.


Zespri boss joins PMA board
28 Oct 2020  

Zespri boss joins PMA board

Zespri’s chief executive Dan Mathieson has been appointed to the Produce Marketing Association Board.


Expo to showcase seasonal work opportunities
28 Oct 2020  

Expo to showcase seasonal work opportunities

A growers employment expo and information session is being held in Hawke’s Bay next month.


BioGro aims to simplify organic certification
28 Oct 2020  

BioGro aims to simplify organic certification

Organic certifier BioGro NZ is aiming to simplify the certification process.


Comvita reports ‘strong’ revenue growth, despite loss
27 Oct 2020   /

Comvita reports ‘strong’ revenue growth, despite loss

Comvita has reported “strong” results in its first quarter, posting double-digit revenue growth.


Vege prices jump 18% to push CPI up
27 Oct 2020  

Vege prices jump 18% to push CPI up

Higher vegetable prices have contributed to a 0.7% increase in the Consumers Price Index (CPI.


Zespri launches China trial to combat SunGold plantings
23 Oct 2020  

Zespri launches China trial to combat SunGold plantings

Zespri has started a procurement trial in China to try and combat illegal plantings of its SunGold kiwifruit.


Horticultural training gets $2.2m PGF boost
23 Oct 2020   /

Horticultural training gets $2.2m PGF boost

The horticulture sector will benefit from the latest Provincial Growth Fund drop.


Kiwis picking own ‘answer’ to RSE shortage – berry farmer
23 Oct 2020  

Kiwis picking own ‘answer’ to RSE shortage – berry farmer

A Waikato berry farm believes the answer to seasonal worker shortages this year could be for Kiwis to pick their own fruit.


Fruitful avocado orchard for sale
22 Oct 2020  

Fruitful avocado orchard for sale

An avocado orchard in Whangarei is for sale.


Thousands of kids join Zespri’s health adventure
22 Oct 2020  

Thousands of kids join Zespri’s health adventure

Thousands of Kiwi children are beginning a five-week Zespri-led virtual adventure promoting the importance of taking care of themselves and the environment.  The Zespri Young and Health Virtual Adventure began on MORE »


NZTE launches global food and beverage campaign
21 Oct 2020   /

NZTE launches global food and beverage campaign

NZTE has launched a new global campaign to showcase the country’s food and beverage industry.


Māori orchard projects secure almost $5m in PGF
21 Oct 2020   /

Māori orchard projects secure almost $5m in PGF

Māori development projects based in the Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti are set to receive nearly $5m in Provincial Growth Fund support.


Orchards to benefit from $4.1m PGF investment
16 Oct 2020  

Orchards to benefit from $4.1m PGF investment

Two apple orchards and a food and beverage company are set to benefit from a $4.1m Provincial Growth Fund investment in the Hawke’s Bay.


Zespri confirms sampling, maturity service providers
16 Oct 2020  

Zespri confirms sampling, maturity service providers

Following a three-month-long sourcing process, Zespri has confirmed its sampling and maturity clearance testing providers.


Kūmara at risk of climate change
6 Oct 2020  

Kūmara at risk of climate change

The majority of kūmara varieties may not survive rising global temperatures, according to new international research. Peruvian and French researchers from the International Potato Centre tested nearly 2,000 sweet potato MORE »


Zespri realigns business, focuses on sustainability
2 Oct 2020  

Zespri realigns business, focuses on sustainability

Zespri says it is placing further focus on the “critical” role of innovation and realigning its business towards growth.


August sees tomato prices spike 38%
11 Sep 2020  

August sees tomato prices spike 38%

Covid-19 has driven the price of tomatoes to an all-time high, according to Stats NZ.