The company is forecasting profit of up to $35m in 2024 – double that of this year’s guidance – as it leaves the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle behind and leverages the global pet food boom.
It’s a mixed bag from the investor’s food interests, with Rangatira saying in its interims that it’s committing more to kiwifruit, lobster’s “strong”, but it’s been tough for red meat.
Zespri is looking to sell 40% more kiwifruit to Greater China next year as competition heats up and the economy slows down.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for feedback on proposed changes to the import requirements for mangosteen and rambutan plants for planting.
Zespri says it expects record kiwifruit per tray returns for its Green, Organic Green and RubyRed for the 2023-24 season.
El Nino has arrived in New Zealand and its impacts, including drought, are likely to become stronger and last into 2024, according to Horticulture NZ.
The first commercially produced Chinese Envy apples will be sold in China this month.
A well-established Ruapehu commercial hydroponic watercress operation has been put up for sale by its retiring owners Carey and Ernie Wenn.
The new annual fund aims to drive innovation fostering sustainable growth in the multi-billion dollar kiwifruit sector.
Speirs Group’s food division is moving on prices and products to help improve profitability, says executive chairman Lee Simpson.
Napier Port’s bottom line took a hit from Cyclone Gabrielle, although improved yields and a stronger cruise season helped boost revenue.
Vegetables New Zealand has welcomed lower consumer prices but is worried about future supply.
Zespri and its board advisor Sir John Key have met with China’s foreign minister to discuss the illegal plantings of SunGold kiwifruit in the country.
Rockit Global has teamed up with Canterbury grower, Turley Farms, as its first South Island partner.
Zespri says its 2023 New Zealand season is drawing to a close with less than a million trays of Green and 1.3 million trays of SunGold Kiwifruit left to deliver to customers.
Kiwifruit exporter Zespri is taking more time before making a decision on the 2024 licence release programme.
The red sheds retailer continues to expand into grocery, with its fresh food offer entering more stores across the country.
Zespri has officially opened its new Centre of Sales and Marketing Excellence in Singapore, following a recent blessing ceremony.
Seeka says it has invested $19m in developing orchards in New Zealand during H1 2023.
New Zealand’s horticulture exports slimmed down to $4.65bn in the year to June 2023, according to a revamped Fresh Facts 2023, although kiwifruit and apples still lead the charge.
New Zealand-based agritech company Bluelab has partnered with Excel Seeds to collaborate with Malaysian government-backed thinktank MIGHT on a strawberry venture.
Zespri says its final charter shipments of the season have arrived overseas and discharged.
The salad company’s profit plummets as costs rise and there are supply shortages due to extreme weather.
Westpac is forecasting the September 2023 quarter’s Consumer Price Index will ease slightly given lower than expected vegetable price rises.
Port Nelson has delivered a net profit after tax result of $7.7m for the year to June 2023, helped by record apple and wine exports.
Zespri says its kiwifruit harvest from the Northern Hemisphere is set to exceed previous volumes, with the sales programme expected to come in at around 29 million trays.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application from the Queensland University of Technology to approve a disease-resistant genetically modified banana.
The fresh produce grower and distributor said the modern temperature-controlled facility, formerly a distribution centre, has had extensive improvements made over the past few months to enhance its functionality.
Zespri is now 83% sold through, compared with 74% sold through at the same time last season, with a smaller crop this year.
The National Party’s Primary Sector Growth Plan which includes provisions to make fruit and vegetable growing a permitted activity, has been welcomed by Horticulture New Zealand.
Vegetables New Zealand says it supports the National Party’s pledge to introduce a National Environmental Standard to encourage food production.
Fruit and vegetables such as grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and nectarines contributed to a rise in monthly prices in August, after a contraction in July.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for feedback on proposed changes to the import health standards for fresh citrus.
The first commercial planting of T&G Global’s newest global premium apple variety, Joli, has begun at one of the group’s Hawke’s Bay orchards.
Scientists at Plant & Food Research are using their expertise in horticulture to explore the production of fruit without a tree, vine, or bush – instead using lab-grown plant cells.
Snack apple company Rockit Global has won two big marketing awards this week.
Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Annette Richardson has won the 2023 Kiwifruit Innovation Award for her groundbreaking work in budbreak techniques – a crucial stage in the growth cycle of kiwifruit.
A clutch of food and beverage manufacturers were in the spotlight at the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards, with companies including Rockit and Silver Fern Farms taking home trophies.
Snack apple company Rockit Global is getting ready to launch its Ready. Set. Rockit. Back to School campaign in countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Zespri is on track to finish the season eight weeks ahead of last season, with the last remaining fruit going out through its shipping programme over the coming weeks.
The diversified agribusiness’ growing protein division propped up its interim results as horticulture and logistics performances fall due to extreme weather events.
Seeka remains on track for a full-year loss of between $20m – $25m this year after a punishing period for its foundation kiwifruit business.
Zespri’s net profit after tax is expected to be between $155m and $175m, including licence release income, for FY24.
The Labour campaign pledge to remove GST from fresh fruit and vegetables has left industry asking questions about how the policy would be implemented.
Food firms like Talley’s secure the lion’s share of the $33m fifth round of the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry initiative.
The co-op says it is working with its North American distributor to get to the bottom of a potential Listeria contamination.
US produce distributor David Oppenheimer and Company, trading as Oppy, is recalling repacked Zespri brand organic green kiwifruit because government testing found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample.
Kiwifruit New Zealand is inviting applications for new, or reviews of existing multi-year, collaborative marketing arrangements for the 2024 export season.
But the company says the long-term outlook for fresh produce remains positive.
Zespri is heading to court to try to counter the illegal production and sales of its SunGold kiwifruit variety in China.
New Zealand scientists are leading what is said to be the world’s first long-term clinical trial into whether feijoa can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Seeka director Robert Farron has resigned and will leave the grower and exporter’s board on Friday 4th August 2023.
All systems are go to establish a fully operational Horticulture Technology Catalyst by 2024.
Kiwifruit exporter Zespri said sales are tracking “significantly better than last season and at a level more comparable with 2021,” with around half of its crop now delivered.
Zespri has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with its two largest distributors in China in an effort to bank a 50% uptick in sales over three years.
Seeka’s 2022 carbon footprint increased to 22,839 tonnes C02e compared to 19,864 tonnes C02e in 2021, according to its 2023 sustainability report.
It joins a number of other food stakeholders opting for green finance, including Yealands, Pāmu, and T&G Global.
The Warehouse is expanding its fresh fruit and vegetable trial to a further five stores and three new regions.
Foodstuffs is preparing for the removal of single-use plastic bags from all supermarkets and grocery stores from 1 July, as part of a government phase-out of certain single-use plastics.
Countdown says the weather across the East Coast has impacted the supply of fruit and veges.
Vertical farming offers a sustainable solution that uses 98% less water than traditional agriculture and can help support food security, according to Vertical Future’s founder Jamie Burrows.
The kiwifruit exporter is undertaking a review and restructuring all of its business units after forecasting a deep full-year loss.
The 2023 harvest of New Zealand’s largest horticultural export has largely ended with the crop now being shipped to overseas markets.
Creating a secondary market for byproducts is one viable solution to reduce food waste and loss, according to the executive director of charity NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3, Kaitlin Dawson.
And a handful of food and beverage ventures make the ‘up and comers’ list too.
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The variety, described as a productive, large, full-flavoured, bright red juicy apple with high yield, is expected to be available to consumers from 2028.
The strawberry grower is looking to build on current investment to raise millions more in funding.
Rockit Global has signed a 12-month deal with Lulu Hypermarkets across the Middle East in a move it says is the first memorandum of understanding in its category.
The union at the forefront of representing the horticulture and viticulture sectors says it has negotiated a National Collective Agreement with New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit producer, Seeka.
Countdown has committed to pricing its Odd Bunch range at least 20% lower than the standard shelf price of comparable fruit and veg.
United Fresh has launched sustainability guidelines for the fresh produce value chain, in an effort to support the industry’s move towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Zespri International delivered a 34.1% drop in annual profit after what was one of its “toughest-ever seasons”, says chief executive Dan Mathieson.
The company commissions phase one of its $100m Hawke’s Bay packhouse – one of the largest apple packhouses in the Southern Hemisphere.
A forgotten apple in a traveller’s bag could net them a $400 fine – and for close to 8,000 international arrivals, that is exactly what happened, according to Biosecurity New Zealand.
Zespri says it is now unlikely it will procced with a listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange this year.
Plant & Food Research is studying the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on apple orchards in Hawke’s Bay to develop resources to help growers’ recovery and to help build resilience.
There are fewer dairy cattle, sheep, and deer in New Zealand’s paddocks, according to the final results of the five-yearly Agricultural Production Census 2022 from Stats NZ.
A write-down required following an assessment of Cyclone Gabrielle damage will push the apple exporter to its second annual loss running.
A difficult start to 2023 due to extreme weather and cost inflation will give way to a better half of the year for growers and farmers, according to Westpac.
Jen Scoular is stepping down following a tenure during which the industry’s value has grown to $231m.
There are fewer avocados on supermarket shelves this month because the avocado season has run short, according to Foodstuffs North Island produce merchandise manager, Brigit Corson.
Rising grocery prices, especially for potato chips, eggs, and yoghurt six-packs, continue to fuel annual food price inflation.
This year’s challenging weather and reduced yields across its supplier orchards has led to lower export expectations.
Farmers and growers can share a $70m allocation to help clean up land and “return to profit”.
Zespri’s Restricted SunGold Kiwifruit Pool licence auction released 199.5 hectares of the available 200 hectares at $678,000 per hectare.
Treasury has estimated the cost of the North Island’s recent extreme weather for the primary industries is between $400m and $600m over the first half of 2023.
New Zealand horticultural research skills are set to help the Philippines reverse a decline in the value of its fresh mango exports.
Zespri has reported positive market conditions and demand for its kiwifruit, with improved fruit quality this season.
The produce exporter warns that a poor harvest could tip into an operating loss.
Zespri intends to halt trading of its ZGL shares on share trading platform Unlisted Securities Exchange (USX) from 5pm Friday 28 April 2023.
The apple exporter adjusts its growth plans following Cyclone Gabrielle, but CEO Mark O’Donnell tells the Ticker there is one upside to the below-forecast harvest.
The 22.2% annual increase in fruit and vegetable prices in the March Food Price Index is symptomatic of a challenging summer, according to United Fresh.
Following an “extensive recruitment process”, Zespri goes internal to fill the newly created role of chief operating officer, promoting Jason Te Brake.
Scales is expecting an underlying net profit of between $14 – $19m in 2023, according to reinstated guidance.
New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc says it has received a strong mandate from kiwifruit growers for the next six-year kiwifruit levy cycle.
New Zealand’s avocado industry is committed to economic and environmental sustainability, says Associate Minister of Agriculture Meka Whaitiri.
The Zespri board has approved up to $250,000 towards Cyclone Gabrielle relief.
Zespri says it is seeeing strong demand in the market for the early supply of kiwifruit but has suffered a delay in harvesting due to weather and the poor opening of flower buds.
A first-of-its kind study reveals the nutrients and bioactive compounds of NZ-grown stone fruit, with only minor differences from processing.
Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki has called on local landowners to trial the cultivation of high-potential crops in the region.
The government has launched The New Zealand Waste Strategy, based on circular economy principles that support both emissions and solid waste reduction goals.
Harvest has started on the first of T&G Global’s portfolio of apples destined for export to consumers and customers in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand.
Up to 30% of the 2023 pipfruit crop from the Hawke’s Bay could be at risk, making a dent on the $900m annual export trade, MFAT said.
Market Gardeners has bought Warkworth-based capsicum hothouse operation, Southern Paprika Limited.
Vertical farming venture Greengrower is producing and supplying leafy greens to the grocery and foodservice channels.
Tech entrepreneur Mike Casey has a vision for a fossil fuel-free food production system in NZ and has established a Central Otago cherry orchard as his proving ground.
SeekaFresh worked with Perfectly Imperfect founder Wendy Zhou to save over half a tonne of cherries deemed both export and local market rejects.
The New Zealand pipfruit crop has been re-estimated after Cyclone Gabrielle affected parts of the East Coast of the North Island.
United Fresh president Jerry Prendergast has asked shoppers to be patient with the problems facing the country’s growers following the Auckland deluge and Cyclone Gabrielle.
Foodstuffs North Island has committed $250,000 in the form of targeted assistance to help growers and partners to rebuild after Cyclone Gabrielle.
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Recent weather events have raised food security concerns for parts of New Zealand’s primary-production sectors, says Plant & Food Research New Zealand principal scientist Dr Brent Clothier.
A separate channel for selling ugly produce would increase profits for growers, lower prices for consumers and boost overall demand for produce, according to new research out of the UK.
Countdown has pledged $750,000 of targeted support to help growers who have been impacted the most severely by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Kiwifruit specialist Zespri is reshaping its leadership team, elevating its global territory executive officers to presidents in addition to recruiting for a chief operating officer.
Eating two green kiwifruit a day can improve your sleep quality and mood, and leave you feeling refreshed in the morning, according to new research.
For the Gisborne business, the big issue is the impact on infrastructure and how long it will be out, and the cash burn in the interim.
The company suffered from ongoing pandemic disruption and a poor year for its powerhouse apples division.
Zespri has reduced its net profit after tax forecast for the year to 31 March 2023 to $217m – $227m.
A record performance from its global proteins division has more than offset challenging horticulture sector conditions, pushing through a solid full year result at Scales Corporation.
Produce handler and exporter Seeka was hit by a smorgasbord of disruption in 2022 borne out in a 56% drop in net profit in its full year results.
The latest estimate from Zespri indicates that around 70% of the kiwifruit producing area in the Hawke’s Bay and 25% in Gisborne suffered moderate-to-significant damage from Cyclone Gabrielle.
Growers can apply for grants of up to $40,000, with farmers allowed up to $10,000 to help the clean-up effort.
New Zealand Apples & Pears Inc says Cyclone Gabrielle has left the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne apple industry in an unprecedented position.
Produce company Seeka says its Gisborne packhouse is back up and running following the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle on the region.
“Of our group operations, the material impact at this time is to Mr Apple’s orchards,” the company says, withdrawing its 2023 profit guidance.
New Zealand’s grower industry associations are stepping up to provide support for operators coming to terms with the devastation wrought by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Seeka says a number of its kiwifruit and avocado growing regions have been impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle but the extent of the damage will be unknown until harvesting.
Cyclone Gabrielle highlights the need for food supply and security to be elevated to a far higher level in govt decision making, writes HortNZ’s Nadine Tunley.
The big box retailer is trailing a limited range at six stores, but plans to add more products and more locations as it continues its push into grocery.
New Zealand’s 2023 kiwifruit harvest has kicked off with the first crop picked this morning in Pukehina, outside Tauranga, and more kiwifruit to be picked around New Zealand over the coming months.
LeaderBrands is among the food companies grappling with product shortages, following the cyclone.
Vegetables New Zealand chair John Murphy says the latest food price index increase of 10.3% comes as no surprise, given how vegetable supply has been affected by atrocious weather.
Kiwi consumers should be prepared for continued disruption to fresh produce pricing and availability, according to United Fresh president Jerry Prendergast.
The growth potential of the avocado market remains very strong, however, production is developing too quickly now, according to international researcher Eric Imbert.
Zespri is bringing forward its June loyalty payment to next week.
The progress and resilience of NZ’s horticulture sector shined bright, writes Horticulture NZ CEO Nadine Tunley.
Zespri says it is reducing its corporate costs following the lack of progress payments to growers in February.
The sector plans to double the farmgate value of production as part of a new government and industry strategy.
Produce exporter Seeka has warned that the heavy rain hitting the North Island will have an impact on avocado exports and possibly the kiwifruit harvest, which starts in March.
Zespri chief executive Dan Mathieson has apologised to growers for an incorrect forecast that has seen the co-op suspend progress payments.
Dairy and meat led value growth in 2022 and apple exports also grew, despite overall fruit falling.
United Fresh New Zealand is warning of fresh vegetable shortages in the coming weeks as floodwaters throughout the upper North Island impact food safety.
“The business environment at present is tough,” says Speirs Foods executive chair Lee Simpson, warning of continuing difficult trading conditions ahead.
Horticulture employer Seeka has collaborated with Ministry of Social Development to deliver a series of job expos for the upcoming 2023 kiwifruit season.
Zespri’s quality costs for the 2022 growing season are estimated to be around $500m, illustrating the importance of addressing fruit quality issues quickly, according to Craigs Investment Partners.
Zespri has created a new executive leadership team position to help combat ongoing quality issues and support its supply chain, and has disestablished two senior roles as part of the restructure.
T&G Global has sold another apple orchard to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund rural investment manager, FarmRight.
CEO Dan Mathieson says provisional fruit loss in shipments to Asia and Europe neared 20% in Q4.
Foodstuffs Own Brands is recalling a specific batch of its Pams brand Carrot Batons due to the possible presence of E.coli.
Miniature apple exporter Rockit Global is looking to reach new consumers in the US after launching a new partnership with 14-year-old Olympic medallist Sky Brown.
CEO Mark O’Donnell on why he’s aiming for such an ambitious harvest and how he sees costs and prices evolving in the year ahead.
Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor has classified last week’s Cyclone Hale that caused significant flood damage across the Tairāwhiti/Gisborne District as a medium-scale adverse event, unlocking government support for farmers and growers.
Two new categories comprising food and beverage producer and fibre producer have been added to the 2023 Primary Industries New Zealand Awards.
Zespri estimates the total 2023 kiwifruit crop will be approximately 10% less than volumes harvested in 2022, according to its latest market update.
The Nelson-based business reports increasing demand for locally grown frozen fruit and organics following the Hep A scare – but can supply keep up?
New Zealand agritech startup 26 Seasons has secured government cash to help the scale-up of its domestic vertical farming operation as it looks to close its $5.5m capital raise early next year.
“We know that beyond the physical, we’ll also see changes at a regulatory level, along with a heightened expectation from our customers and consumers that we are adapting our approach,” Zespri’s sustainability boss says.
Torere Macadamias is in talks with investors to bring forward the next stage of a 10-year growth plan for the Māori macadamia industry.
United Fresh, Aotearoa’s pan produce industry organisation, which represents more than 90 members covering the entire value chain, has celebrated its 31st birthday.
The regulatory approval of purple tomatoes in the US this September could help sway the perception of the public and policymakers to see genetically modified foods progress from the lab to the market.
Recent frosts have wiped out entire orchards in Waikato, but there will be blueberry stock for Christmas, Blueberries New Zealand says.
Black Cap and Rockit Global ambassador Kane Williamson is putting skin in the game when it comes to his partnership with the miniature apple exporter.
A rapid deterioration in the quality of its Envy apples and poor Northern Hemisphere trading could see the listed grower fall $5m into the red.
Zespri’s Alastair Hulbert has resigned to explore new opportunities, says the kiwifruit marketer and exporter.
Zespri’s last charter vessel carrying some of the final volumes of this season’s New Zealand kiwifruit crop is on its way to Tokyo and Kobe in Japan.
Kiwifruit specialist EastPack intends to raise $30m via an issue of five-year subordinated notes to New Zealand investors.
Twenty-six-year-old Regan Judd has taken out the title of 2022 Young Horticulturist of the Year.
A new growing facility means the Raglan-based company can start providing fresh native Pekepeke-Kiore mushrooms to restaurants.
An expected record cherry season from Southern Hemisphere growers will test post-Covid demand in key markets like China, according to a new report from Rabobank.
Zespri is reducing licensing for RubyRed and won’t be releasing any more Organic SunGold Kiwifruit license in 2023 following a review licence arrangements for next year.
A new majority owner for Waiheke Island’s Stonyridge Vineyard has plans for export growth.
Kiwifruit sector Orchard Gate Returns are likely to be revised down as a result of the quality issues experienced this season, according to Zespri.
The Napier-based business picked up the top gong, as well as the best large business accolade at the award’s first in-person event since 2019.
Move into the South Island helps Rockit’s resilience against weather events, and builds supply towards goal of shipping over 300 million apples annually by 2025.
Zespri said that the frost event on 6 October could also hit up to a quarter of its planned RubyRed crop.
Tomatoes, lettuce and broccoli drove the highest quarterly rise in vegetable prices since Stats NZ started the data series in September 1999.
While many kiwifruit growers are still counting the cost of recent frost on their crops, NZX-listed exporter Seeka made an early assessment of the damage to its fruit.
T&G Global said a new record has been set for the sale of Envy apples over China’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
Zespri says it is reviewing its onshore quality assurance processes and its offshore supply chain to help address quality concerns with its kiwifruit.
Stakeholders from the horticulture, wine and business sectors have welcomed the government’s decision to increase the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme by 3,000 places for the coming season.
The Environmental Protection Authority has released a summary report of submissions about hydrogen cyanamide, a key chemical used in the kiwifruit industry.
A new pesticide to combat parasitic worms in carrots, kūmara, parsnips, and potatoes has been approved for use in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The government moves to secure the availability of NZ’s most favourable soils for food production.
Plant & Food Research’s Dr Steve Green has won the 2022 Kiwifruit Innovation Award.
Zespri says it will to get to the bottom of the quality issues that are marring this kiwifruit season and curbing returns to growers, according to its latest update.
Seeka says it will build new Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) accommodation housing 140 people in Katikati, near Tauranga.
With around 40% of the Kiwi workforce working from home full-time or in a hybrid home/office scenario, consumer research by United Fresh found that workday eating and shopping have changed dramatically.
Leaderbrand Produce, Countdown and Plant & Food Research have teamed up on a project to investigate the impacts of regenerative farming practices in vegetable farming.
Zespri growers have voted not to progress a proposed expansion of Zespri kiwifruit plantings in the
Trading in Zespri shares on the USX has been halted while the co-op finalises the results of its global supply producer vote.
The company is investing in building a global brand to reach its target of 400 million apples sold globally by 2025.
Ongoing global demand for petfood saw global protein division earnings jump 88%, offsetting a drop in horticulture earnings.
In its August update from chair Bruce Cameron, the co-op said fruit quality remains the primary challenge, particularly for its SunGold kiwifruit.
New Zealand agritech startup 26 Seasons is looking for $5.5m to expand its domestic vertical farming operation and establish a footprint abroad for its premium strawberries.
T&G Fresh has added the Afourer mandarin to its citrus range, opening a new harvest window that runs from September to December.
The company says it has a challenging second half of the year ahead after navigating a bruising first six months.
More than 250 growers, suppliers, industry leaders and government officials from around the country will gather at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson for the 2022 NZ Apples and Pears Conference.
“Conventional fruit returns are likely to be at the bottom and possibly even below the ranges published in June,” chief executive Dan Mathieson said.
NZ boss Peter Lange will exit the business.
Zespri has warned that quality issues will lead to greater fruit loss and higher quality costs this season in its latest update.
Strong demand for the variety overseas puts it on track to be a billion-dollar brand by 2027, says T&G.
A Zespri sports day and charity auction at Te Puke has raised more than $41,000 to support Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme workers and their Pacific communities.
United Fresh New Zealand has won the Primary Industries New Zealand team award for its work delivering 300,000 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables during Covid-19 lockdowns.
Regional development agency Venture Taranaki has launched nine new food and fibre value chain opportunities focused on diversifying the region’s existing offerings.
Zespri will run a carbon-neutral trial on SunGold kiwifruit from June 2022 over two full seasons, with the fruit set to hit shop shelves in Europe for a targeted sales trial in 2024.
Listed kiwifruit company Seeka says it will reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and be net zero carbon by 2050.
The 2022 kiwifruit harvest has not shaped up to deliver the record breaking crop that was expected, according to New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.
KiwiHarvest has partnered with Invercargill Prison to distribute fresh produce grown by inmates to communities across the Southland region.
Zespri’s forecast range of corporate net profit after tax for 2022/23 is between $227m and $247m, including licence release income.
Seeka has forecast a full-year net profit before tax range of $9m to $11m, as a result of lower SunGold and Hayward kiwifruit volumes in New Zealand.
Export revenue from New Zealand’s food and fibre sector is expected to reach a record $52.2bn in the year to June 2022, says the government.
Zespri is expecting to have a lower crop volume than last year of around 172 million trays, including approximately 106 million trays of SunGold Kiwifruit and 66 million trays of Green.
Food exporters toast bumper results despite supply chain challenges and labour shortages.
The pipfruit forecast has been revised down to approximately 20.3 million boxes, representing an estimated reduction in export earnings of $105m, according to New Zealand Apples and Pears.
Nominations for the 2022 New Zealand Kiwifruit Innovation Award are now open.
Seeka expects its 2022 kiwifruit harvest will fall short of forecasts due to lower crop volumes and a tight labour market, but said that it is too early to provide current year earnings guidance.
Private equity firm Rangatira Investments has seen its net asset value climb from $14.87 last year to $16.27 in the year to March 2022, reflecting a portfolio valuation of $288m.
Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has visited Gisborne produce business LeaderBrand’s recently opened fresh distribution centre and inspected the ongoing construction of its 11-hectare greenhouse project.
To help ease port congestion as a result of China’s Covid-19 restrictions, Zespri has redirected one vessel scheduled to go to mainland China and Taiwan to Japan and Taiwan.
Fruit a vegetable prices were up 18% in last month’s FPI, but the pan-produce organisation said this should ease.
Taranaki bio-intensive market garden Roebuck Farm says it is an early adopter of local supermarket supply and is advocating for more of it to be established around New Zealand.
Wattie’s has completed its tomato harvest season with some of the highest yielding tomato paddocks in the company’s 50-year history.
Miniature apple company Rockit has launched a new campaign tied in with the first delivery of around 20 million of its new seasons harvest at ports around the world.
Zespri has stood up a number of work-arounds in China to combat Covid-19 lockdowns which are slowing the distribution of kiwifruit from Shanghai port.
Workers at Seeka have written to the company to seek assurances during bargaining for a new collective agreement that there will be no wage reductions at the end of the harvest in June.
The government is investing $7.44m to help New Zealand’s apple industry become a world leader in sustainable production practices.
Kiwfruit marketer and exporter Zespri has lifted its annual trading halt.
A new fungicide to combat late blight in tomatoes and potato crops, and downy mildew in onions, has been approved for use in New Zealand, subject to conditions.
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says its revenue as a result of its SunGold and RubyRed licence release is anticipated to be between $290m and $305m, exclusive of GST.
The first of T&G Global’s Envy apples are departing Hawke’s Bay for Asia this week.
A chemical compound found in abundance in vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale might slow the growth of coronaviruses such as those that cause Covid-19, according to a new study.
Zespri is procuring 14m SunGold kiwifruit trays ahead of market demand, in advance of main-pack, to ensures it has the volume of gold it need to meet increased market demand.
Satsuma mandarins have arrived in stores this week two weeks earlier than previous years thanks to this season’s great growing conditions, says T&G Fresh.
NZ solidifies its position as the world’s largest kiwifruit exporter, with strong global demand indicating more headroom for growth.
Dole has delayed a full introduction of its new sweetio banana variety, while GM Steve Barton is looking to pass on baton.
The first of this season’s T&G jazz apples are en route to Europe from Port Nelson.
The diversified agribusiness says it is looking at a number of investments to boost its ingredients business.
Kiwifruit grower Zespri will go into a trading halt on the Unlisted Stock Exchange from tomorrow at 5 o’clock for three weeks.
Potatoes NZ takes a look at the Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project, which aims to protect water quality in vegetable growing systems.
A number of pop-up information sessions aiming to plug the fruit harvest labour shortage have kicked-off in Hastings.
Zespri has created a board specifically to focus on its sustainability goals.
The produce grower and exporter suffers from a tight labour market, poor weather, and supply chain disruptions.
Zespri is forecasting its total fruit and service payment for the 2021-22 season to be $2.38bn, up from $2.25bn last season.
Viticulturist Rhys Hall has been named the 2021 Young Horticulturist of the Year.
Miniature apple company Rockit Global took out five awards for its 2021 rebrand at this year’s Best Design Awards – an annual event hosted by The Designers Institute of New Zealand.
Listed kiwifruit company Seeka has delivered a strong set of annual results on the back of improved sales, a focus on costs, and $7.6m from the Crown’s PSA settlement.
The kiwifruit sector is forecasting a record harvest this year of at least 190 million trays.
Gisborne District Council is appealing a decision from the Land Valuation Tribunal, relating to the capital value of a gold kiwifruit orchard in the Gisborne district.
T&G Global says its group profit for the 2021 financial year is now forecast to be between $12.5m – $14.5m, up from its October guidance of $4m – $10m.
Consumer NZ has found some oils labelled as New Zealand also contain imported oils.
A large-scale blueberry orchard in Kerikeri has been put on the market.
A major horticulture project is underway in northern Hawke’s Bay to lift the productivity of Maori-owned land.
New Zealand’s 2022 apple and pear crop is predicted to reach 601,000 tonnes – inline with expectations – although Omicron, supply chain and labour shortage issues continue to plague the sector.
The salad business plans to hike prices again to offset mounting cost pressures.
Global supply shortages will underpin firm commodity prices for dairy this year, while returns for kiwifruit will stay elevated thanks to strong demand, says Rabobank.
Seeka has completed its acquisition of Gisborne-based New Zealand Fruits in a deal that values the latter at $21m.
The kiwifruit industry has exceeded the first year requirements under the New Zealand government’s primary sector partnership on climate action, He Waka Eke Noa, says Zespri.
Labour shortages are the most pressing concern for the country’s primary sector but global prices should remain strong, according to ANZ’s latest Agri Focus report.
Bostock has partnered with Milford Private Equity to grow and market a South Island organic apple variety to overseas customers.
In its latest five-year outlook released on Thursday, the kiwifruit co-op said it expected New Zealand-produced Class 1 supply to grow from 178 million trays in 2021-22 to 238 million in 2026-27.
Seeka says it has entered an amalgamation agreement to acquire Gisborne packing business New Zealand Fruits Limited.
New Zealand produce exporter Te Mata Exports says it has acquired the exclusive rights to new early season apple variety, Bay Queen.
Alan Pollard has been appointed chief executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand, the national business association for New Zealand’s civil infrastructure construction industry.
New Zealand King Salmon and Scales have upgraded their earnings forecasts citing improving conditions and strong ingredients performance respectively.
The kiwifruit co-op is reviewing its innovation model and is calling for input from stakeholders.
Seeka says it expects net profit before tax at the upper end of its $22m and $24m guidance range for FY21 thanks to an expected Crown settlement payout over the arrival of the vine killing disease PSA.
The last of this year’s crop of Zespri Kiwifruit has left Port of Tauranga, concluding another strong but challenging season of New Zealand-grown kiwifruit, says the co-op.
The salad supplier grapples with increasing costs and conducts a review of margins to ensure acceptable returns.
Zespri has increased its forecast SunGold kiwifruit returns to $11.05 per tray for the 2021-22 season, up from the $10.92 guided in August.
The apple exporter seeks capital to invest in meeting global demand for its Jazz and Envy apples.
Citrus NZ said the new date for its conference, field trip, special general meeting and dinner will be 3 March 2022 in Gisborne.
T&G Global and Zespri are partnering with Plant & Food Research to develop regenerative horticulture practices within the kiwifruit, apple and berry industries.
Food prices eased marginally in October however the annual growth rate was well-above the long-term average, says Stats NZ.
Seeka says all the conditions of its $6.55m deal to acquire Kerikeri-based kiwifruit grower Orangewood Limited have now been met.
Rising costs, supply chain concerns, food miles and a desire to support local are headwinds highlighted in a new report.
New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc has appointed Terry Meikle its chief executive.
Zespri says the industry is now planning for a substantial labour shortage for the 2022 season.
Plant & Food Research’s Cathy McKenna has won the 2021 Kiwifruit Innovation Award for her work to create an effective armoured scale insect management programme for Gold3 – or SunGold – Kiwifruit.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower says it has negotiated an increased debt facility of $190m, up from $152m.
The produce giant will use the cash to fuel its growth strategy, as it faces a profit squeeze from Covid-19.
Onions New Zealand says the government’s commitment to invest $2.83m to enhance the competitive advantage of the country’s onions producers will help transform the industry.
The horticulture and wine grape industries have welcomed the evolution of quarantine-free travel following a trial for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific.
More time has been added for submissions on the potential phase-out of hydrogen cyanamide, an active ingredient in sprays commonly used by kiwifruit growers.
Plaudits are rolling in for the government’s in-principle free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, which could result in a $1bn boost to GDP.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower has upgraded its profit guidance for FY21.
The produce giant warns its FY21 profit could fall as much as 76% from the $16.6m it posted in 2020.
Zespri RubyRed will hit the shelves in commercial volumes in March with around 250,000 trays expected.
The Gisborne business is pumping millions into its pilot undercover growing project to test the environmental and productivity gains it can unlock.
Rockit says its apple sales jumped 94% in Mainland China for the Mid-Autumn Festival sales period, compared to the same time last year.
Kāpiti and Wairarapa olive oil makers have swept the annual New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, winning all five major accolades.
New Zealand Apples and Pears Incorporated has appointed John Allen as a director to its board.
T&G Global has launched a new campaign to showcase its premium Jazz apple as the ‘hero of Halloween’.
“Despite a challenging season, market demand remains positive, following the Northern Hemisphere summer fruit period,” Zespri said.
Zespri and Plant & Food Research’s Kiwifruit Breeding Centre 50/50 joint venture opens its doors this week.
Under new leadership, the apple cider vinegar company is planning a domestic drive and looking for new export opportunities.
Zespri says a proposal to end the use of hydrogen cyanamide will likely hit kiwifruit industry earnings.
Kiwifruit exporter Zespri says it continues to work constructively with authorities following a positive test result for Covid-19 in China on a sample of fruit from the Bay of Plenty.
One-way, quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu will be allowed from 4 October, says the government.
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Labour shortages, increased kiwifruit supply, and shipping disruptions are leading to the one of the most challenging seasons in decades, says Zespri.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to allow the sale and use of food made from a genetically modified corn.
Seeka has made an offer to acquire Kerikeri-based kiwifruit grower Orangewood Limited.
The chief executive of Mr Apple, Andrew van Workum, has sold more than 80,000 shares in parent company Scales Corporation, raising $415,918 in the process, according to an NZX filing.
Manuka honey exporter Comvita has appointed a trio of new board directors, namely Bridget Coates, Yawen Wu and chief executive David Banfield.
The details are yet to be finalised but government confirmation that quarantine-free travel will commence in October for workers from Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa has provided a boost to growers.
Fonterra, Zespri, and Foodstuffs are heavyweights in NZ’s top 30 co-operative rankings.
The government’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund is contributing $2.6m towards a $5m project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester.
T&G Global has launched an integrated marketing campaign in key Asian markets to encourage consumers to celebrate full moon festivities with Envy apples as mid-autumn festivities approach.
T&G Global has launched the first global marketing campaign for its Jazz apple brand following a recent brand refresh.
The new international genetics and variety management business says it has around 50 premium apple, pear and berry projects lined up.
Foodservice distributors and suppliers have geared up again as restaurants and cafes re-open under restrictions.
A former Foodstuffs executive moves to T&G Fresh, Pāmu’s boss jumps ship to Delegat, and an inaugural kiwifruit jv CEO named.
Diversified focus put agribusiness on track to to deliver full year net profit of between $32 – $37m.
With China and Korea its number one and two markets, Grove is looking to Thailand and Vietnam for further growth.
With New Zealand remaining in lockdown until at least Tuesday 24 August, Zespri’s scheduled grower roadshows starting today, 23 August have been postponed.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, posted a sharp rise in net profit before tax in the six months ended 30 June, up 77% to $30.8m compared with the same six months last year.
With the foodservice channel shut, manufacturers are looking to supermarkets to pick up the slack.
A New Zealand chef who pioneered the development of avocado milk has teamed up with a buttercup squash grower to develop a new plant-milk destined for export markets in Asia.
Zespri and Plant & Food Research will launch their 50/50 joint venture Kiwifruit Breeding Centre on 1 October 2021.
Food prices rose 1.3% in July compared with the previous month, mainly influenced by fruit and vege price hikes.
The value of the New Zealand potato industry sits at $1.16bn, up 58% since targets were set in 2013, according to Potatoes New Zealand.
Organic apple grower Bostock New Zealand says it has seen a 136% increase in organic apple sales this year across its direct retail programmes in China.
More New Zealanders than ever are eating the recommended daily intake of five fruit and vegetables, according to The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust.
New Zealand Food Safety is advising the public to return Living Foods’ Spring Life brand mung bean sprouts and sweet mango mesclun salad as they may contain Listeria bacteria.
Growers, suppliers, industry leaders and government stakeholders from around the country will this week gather at Toi Toi event centre in Hastings for the NZ Apples and Pears 2021 conference.
The produce giant’s new business has launched with two initial partnerships.
Former Horticulture New Zealand chief executive, Mike Chapman, has won the Bledisloe Cup for significant services to horticulture for more than 20 years.
Co-founders Ali Alomari and Leila Deljkovic are sounding out investors as the startup preps for a commercial pilot in Marlborough.
The positions were needed to help meet global demand for the grower’s apples.
Northland avocado orchard known as the Broadhurst portfolio is up for sale by tender, closing 4pm August 26.
The former Designworks CEO is behind the new Good Farmers collective, which brings its first product to market this week.
HortNZ will support “any move to ensure that growers get a better return on their investment, so that they will continue to invest in fruit and vegetable growing meaning New Zealanders can eat healthy, locally produced food”.
Inflation for the all households group, as measured by the household living-costs price indexes was 1.1% in the June 2021 quarter.
The new innovation hub will fill a “glaring gap in the food bowl of New Zealand,” says the project’s boss.
Grower co-operative MG Marketing and Dole New Zealand have donated more than four tonnes of bananas through their Good Bunch partnership to Salvation Army Foodbanks.
Twenty-eight-year-old Bryce Morrison, a grower services representative for Seeka, has been named Bay of Plenty’s Young Grower of the Year for 2021.
Plant Research would this summer enter the final stages of development and multiplication of chickpea and soy varieties developed specifically for New Zealand’s maritime environment.
International fresh produce company T&G Global’s majority shareholder, German multinational conglomerate BayWa AG, has transferred its shares to BayWa Global Produce GmbH.
A productive Northland avocado orchard has been placed on the market for sale.
The total value of exports reached $4.55bn in the year to March, up 8.3%.
A new project in the Hawke’s Bay is investigating the impacts of tile drains on horticultural land in order to ascertain their effect on freshwater quality.
Government policy on freshwater and greenhouse gases must support the horticulture industry and not add unnecessary cost and compliance, according to HortNZ.
The kiwifruit industry will need 24,000 seasonal workers in 2022, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.
Six hundred new native plantings have been established in the Bay of Plenty to support kiwifruit pollination and encourage bio-diversity, says Plant & Food Research.
T&G Fresh is expecting to harvest around 500 tonnes of navel oranges over the next three weeks, after harvest started early this season.
New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka, has bought a $2.6m minority stake in hort tech startup Fruitometry.
New Zealand Apples & Pears chief executive Alan Pollard says the horticulture industry is recognised globally as a leader in automated operations post-harvest but apple picking remains a stubbornly human task.
The legislation that replaces the Resource Management Act must ensure that New Zealand can sustainably grow fresh, healthy food for domestic consumption, according to Horticulture New Zealand.
New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc has reported on a successful kiwifruit industry harvest resulting in a record crop, despite a labour crisis caused by border closures restricting Working Holiday Visa holder numbers.
A study examining the effects of green kiwifruit on sleep quality and the sleep-wake cycle in healthy males has been awarded HVN funding.
Miniature apple company Rockit Global has expanded its footprint from Hawke’s Bay to Gisborne where it will now establish a management team, and potentially a new packhouse.
Zespri’s northern hemisphere kiwifruit crop for the 2020-21 season has been sold for $472m, up 27.9% on the previous season.
The packaging and produce sectors were blindsided by government’s 2023 plastic fruit stickers deadline, warn on costs, complexity.
The Kiwifruit Vine Health board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years.
The investor also says that its kiwifruit venture will soon start bearing fruit.
Leading packaging company JFS says government indecision and social pressures have driven food companies into a “holding pattern”.
MPI is consulting on issues such as the requirement for evaluation of organic food producers, proposed organic management plans, and the need for a listed public register of organics companies.
A South Island private equity firm is looking for more horticulture investments after finalising and funding a two-part deal which sees it become a major supplier and IP owner in New Zealand’s fruit tree market
T&G Global’s outgoing chairman, Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, said the fresh produce company is “primed to harness opportunities into the future” following a strategic programme of work carried out over his nine-year tenure.
DMS Progrowers is doubling the size of its existing Te Puke packhouse investing $40m into the project.
The board of global fresh produce company, T&G Global, has approved a fully imputed final dividend of 6 cents a share for the 2020 financial year.
Rural areas have done well but the year ahead may not be so rosy for some growers, says the bank.
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.
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.
International food processing technology company, MHM Automation, has designed what it describes as world-leading robotic technology for apple company Rockit Global.
The growth is being driven by a big increase in exports to Australia – but that may not last, says NZ Avocado.
NZ Apples and Pears Inc’s chief executive of nine years, Alan Pollard, is to step down from his role later this year.
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.
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 has officially opened its new global headquarters in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay, unveiling a a brand refresh at the same time.
The kiwifruit giant said it delivered record per tray returns across all categories in the 2020/2021 season.
Oversupply of fruit saw prices slump in the summer adding to what was described as a “challenging” season in Summerfruit NZ’s annual report.
Annual trade show and conference confirmed for 7-9 June despite Victoria lockdown.
New chief executive Colin Bond replaces outgoing boss Nikki Johnson.
Nelson Tasman grower and exporter, Luv’ya, has announced a brand refresh for its entire range of apples and pears.
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.
Miniature apple company Rockit Global is ready to cut the red ribbon on its new circa $40m global headquarters following a bumper harvest.
Zespri Group has appointed the former Goodman Fielder and Griffins Foods chief executive Alison Barrass to its board as an independent director.
The pandemic has highlighted NZ’s reliance on temporary migrant labour, says the government.
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
But there are concerns over the costs of the scheme for employers.
Seeka has been officially welcomed to Ōpōtiki to celebrate its purchase of Ōpōtiki Packing and Cool Storage.
The total canopy area of gold kiwifruit has now surpassed that of the green variety, according to final agricultural production figures from Stats NZ.
Organics Aotearoa New Zealand is urging its member to attend upcoming Ministry for Primary Industries organic regulation and standards workshops.
Australia is the biggest export destination for New Zealand feijoas and there is real possibility for expansion, says New Zealand’s largest feijoa exporter.
The former New Zealand Apples & Pears chair will take over from Mike Chapman on 14 June.
A certificate of amalgamation is imminent, formalising the kiwifruit specialists’ deal.
Eight-year old Marlborough herb and lettuce hydroponics business Thymebank has been put up for sale.
Summerfruit NZ has opened registration for the Growing strong – Success in a changing world conference.
OIO approves T&G Global purchase of an 11-hectare Hawke’s Bay site to grow more Envy apples.
Five horticulture heavyweight’s have thrown their name in the ring for two existing vacancies on the Horticulture New Zealand board.
Five ships carrying 28,000 cartons of T&G Global’s Envy apples are on their way to Asia.
The dumping of frozen fries from Europe is not a threat to local industry, says a draft government report.
The co-op says the preliminary result compared to last year’s range of $300m-$305m.
Forecasts for the next avocado crop are bullish, while growing sales sees persimmons as the new kid on the chopping block.
The Government must act now to retain remaining highly productive land for fruit and vegetables.
A Mexican national has been jailed for smuggling 113kg of methamphetamine in a shipment of avocado pulp.
Seeka is a step closer to buying kiwifruit rival Ōpōtiki Packing and Coolstorage.
Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming Horizons Regional Council’s decision to adopt recommendations on its Plan Change 2.
Leanne Stewart replaces outgoing CEO Stu Hutchings.
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.
The new blueberry varieties will be able to be grown year round in Australia.
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 has been placed in a trading halt on the USX to allow the finalisation of the 2021 Gold3 and Zespri Red tender process.
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..
The industry association says horticulture can play a key role in the country’s climate change strategy.
Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.
With its 8,250 established trees, the orchard had a forecast for this season of 90,000 trays.
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 has shipped its first lot of new season JAZZ apples to global markets.
The bank described the December 2020 quarter results as a tale of two islands as the north continued to outperform the south.
If passed, the legislation would require that all aircrafts entering NZ provide biosecurity information to people onboard by both a video and in writing.
The Bay of Plenty-based company is looking to expand its footprint in the kiwifruit sector.
The inaugural Annual Southern Hemisphere Fresh Fruit Trade congress takes place today.
The association fears new housing policy will see productive growing land lost to urban creep.
Zespri is progressing its plan to move against the unlawful growing of kiwifruit in China as illegal plantings increase.
Woolworths NZ Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Snap Frozen Cauliflower Rice as the product could contain pieces of wood.
Huge losses are forecast for the New Zealand apple and pear industry, according to New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc.
The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.
Organic food businesses will have to take part in a five-step process in order to gain organic certification under new proposals.
T&G Global is using eight new automated picking platforms this apple season to help improve productivity and safety.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars of losses for apple, wine and other growers was a near certainty.”
Access to fruit and vegetables and food security was in the spotlight at Wednesday’s launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables.
The Commission released its draft advice to the Government on climate change action and is now consulting on it.
Fine weather will bring an earlier harvest than usual for the feijoa sector.
Hawke’s Bay apple producer Rockit Global completes a capital raise bringing in new investor Ngâi Tahu Holdings.
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.
A new purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers has been launched by ag-tech firm Waybeyond.
The Te Puke-based produce handler more than doubled its annual profit in FY20.
The workers will be placed at orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island.
A “challenging and disruptive year” pushed revenue and profit down.
The New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc is offering a harvest “taster day” to tempt job seekers to take up employment in the kiwifruit industry.
The vacancies came as two directors will retire by rotation this year.
Venture Taranaki will host its second Branching Out event, Avocados: The Taranaki Opportunity.
Zespri’s first charter shipment of New Zealand fruit is due to depart in March.
The sector had brought a claim for $450m plus interest.
Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to establish protection for highly productive land.
A difficult 2020 has seen the the industry demonstrate its resilience, says Zespri chair Bruce Cameron.
The Te Puke-based company said the dividend would be paid on 27 January 2021 to all holders of ordinary shares.
The integrated, family-owned horticultural company was taken to court by the local council.
The Future Ready Farms programme is being led by Ballance Agri-Nutrients.
Air NZ’s cargo business will deliver around five million kilograms of food over summer.
New research backed by MPI could help bee hives live longer and be more efficient.
AGMARDT increased its investment in agricultural, horticultural and forestry businesses to $3.6m in the year to June 2020.
The corn is said to have multi-pesticide resistance.
As air freight costs soared due to Covid-19 border closures, so did the price of exporting.
Zespri has outlined its sustainability strategy to the Sustainable Business Council.
Carol Ward has been appointed chief grower, industry and sustainability officer.
Rajasekar Chellappa, former owner of Raj Kiwi, failed to pay minimum wage to six workers.
The kiwifruit exporter gets the go-ahead for a sale and leaseback deal, unlocking more profit for the year.
Diversified agribusiness group will pay 9.5c interim dividend and affirms previous guidance.
The kiwifruit exporter and the Crown Research Institute already have a 30 year working relationship together under their belts.
The party’s leader David Seymour says the government should work with the region’s horticulturists.
Summerfruit NZ says growers have received more job applications than usual for this time of year.
A state-funded initiative will see 26 million servings of fresh fruit and veges dished out at low decile school.
Fairgrow aims to help get fresh products to Kiwis in need in the wake of Covid-19.
The Science New Zealand 2020 National Awards were held on Thursday night.
Growers in Northland and Waikato have also been invited to enter.
Sale and leaseback of Nayland site will see fresh produce giant plough $50m of firepower into its growth strategy.
Online tool identifies pests, threats for exporters selling Kiwi produce to the world
The new research covers food groups ranging from seafood to berries.
Christchurch Airport will see a boost in cargo flights this summer following more Government support for the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme.
Independent auditors will be evaluating growers to ensure they are treating their staff fairly.
An assessment on the region’s land and climate has identified around 207,000 hectares which could be used.
New Zealand Winegrowers say exports to key international markets have increased “beyond expectations”.
Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.
Growers are relieved by the government’s announcement that a cohort of Registered Seasonal Employer workers will arrive in the New Year.
Horticulture and wine growers across the country will see labour shortages ease.
She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.
A two-year project will look at the viability of the industry, worth more than $100m to NZ a year.
A date has been set by the group, in an NZX announcement made on Thursday.
Hawke’s Bay horticulture and viticulture sectors worked together on a plan delivered to government last week.
In a blow to the horticulture sector, the PM says this year’s seasonal labour shortage will not be solved before Christmas.
Developing new high-value dairy and nutritional products and two global opportunities identified in the landmark report.
It’s one of New Zealand’s biggest commercial macadamia nut orchards.
The new tool will give New Zealand consumers and producers verified data about primary sector products.
Bay of Plenty-based Fruition Horticulture has announced the new diploma.
Extra funding has been given to the Kerikeri Gateway Horticulture Schools Programme.
Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand’s primary industries will “directly benefit” from the new trade deal.
The department says prices tend to fall in October as fruit and vegetables follow seasonal trend.
The Renwick wine trail is in its final stages of construction.
Strawberry exports have been restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new scanner is being trialled at Auckland Airport to help ramp up protection.
It’s the first of around 100 PGF loans and equity investments worth over $600m to be paid back.
Bay of Plenty’s Mount Pack & Cool plans to expand its operations in 2021.
A new Plant & Food Research project will investigate the bacteria.
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.
As prime picking time looms near the horticulture industry remains concerned about RSE shortages.
The Provincial Growth Fund has earmarked $825,000 for a Māori co-operative to convert an unused Northland block into an organic farm.
Eight million punnets of blueberries were eaten by New Zealanders last year.
Increased popularity in plant-based meat substitutes could create opportunities for producers in NZ.
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.
The award celebrates his contributions to fruit variety development.
Hawke’s Bay has a “short window of time” to act against climate change.
Zespri intends to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with government officials in China .
It’s been added to the list for reassessment.
It comes as demand for the variety across the globe remains strong.
Twenty thousand children across 250 schools are taking part in a Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure.
Kiwifruit Vine Health and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will work together.
The kiwifruit co-op is bolstering its shipping fleet by adding three new vessels.
Fruit growers are being connected to students across the country looking for summer fruit picking work.
A new water storage reservoir in Northland could see horticulture opportunities in the region grow.
Tairāwhiti’s Wi Pere Trust is receiving a PDU loan from the latest round of Provincial Growth Funding.
Kiwifruit production could be optimised by upping the female flowers in an orchard.
Zespri’s chief executive Dan Mathieson has been appointed to the Produce Marketing Association Board.
A growers employment expo and information session is being held in Hawke’s Bay next month.
Organic certifier BioGro NZ is aiming to simplify the certification process.
Comvita has reported “strong” results in its first quarter, posting double-digit revenue growth.
Higher vegetable prices have contributed to a 0.7% increase in the Consumers Price Index (CPI.
Zespri has started a procurement trial in China to try and combat illegal plantings of its SunGold kiwifruit.
The horticulture sector will benefit from the latest Provincial Growth Fund drop.
A Waikato berry farm believes the answer to seasonal worker shortages this year could be for Kiwis to pick their own fruit.
An avocado orchard in Whangarei is for sale.
NZTE has launched a new global campaign to showcase the country’s food and beverage industry.
Māori development projects based in the Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti are set to receive nearly $5m in Provincial Growth Fund support.
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.
Following a three-month-long sourcing process, Zespri has confirmed its sampling and maturity clearance testing providers.
Zespri says it is placing further focus on the “critical” role of innovation and realigning its business towards growth.
Covid-19 has driven the price of tomatoes to an all-time high, according to Stats NZ.