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NZ: Future of kiwifruit industry is in new varieties and good management

Allan Dawson of Aongatete Advanced Horticulture, a family owned company in Katikati in the Bay of Plenty, that stores and packages locally grown kiwifruit has been speaking about the effects of PSA on the region. Despite the fact that the disease is presenting the industry with a tough challenge, Allan.....

Rijk Zwaan encourages Australia to "Love My Salad"

Extending on their area of expertise in vegetable breeding, the Rijk Zwaan Group has taken the initiative in undertaking a positive campaign encouraging consumers to eat more salads through an interactive website, ‘Love My Salad’. ‘The website engages directly with consumers, salad lovers, and professionals.....

Despite frosts during flowering

NZ: Early cherry harvest begins on time

Early varieties of Marloborough cherries are now being harvested, right on schedule, despite frosts that occurred during flowering.Cherryland harvest manager Nicola Whyte said they had used helicopters and irrigation to prevent frost damage at their Middle Renwick Rd orchard in spring.Three times the.....

New Zealanders encouraged to eat more fruit and veg this November

With 28% of New Zealand adults obese and 37% overweight 5+ A Day says Kiwis can eat more to weigh less by simply substituting high calorie foods with more fruit and vegetables.By eating more fruit and vegetables nutritionist Bronwen Anderson says you can feel full, satisfied, have loads of variety and can.....

AU: $200,000/tonne paid for new season baby potatoes!

At the inaugural auction of new season baby potatoes recently, bidding reached an impressive $3000. This was for 15kgs so that means the potatoes actually sold for $200,000 per tonne! Mr Tom Penna of Elders transferred his highly regarded auctioneering skills from the livestock saleyards to the horticultural.....

AU: Double navel exports for CSI this year

CSI is an exporter of Australian citrus, that has been in operation since 1987. The company's main markets are in Asia, traditionally in North and South East, but increasingly into South Asia and also, the Middle East. They are also looking to expand operations into India currently. Directors Doug Hammonds.....

NZ: Meadow Mushrooms launches Summer Fun-Gi mushrooms

Meadow Mushrooms have recently launched Summer Fun-Gi Mushrooms. Summer Fun-Gi is a 325gm pack of white button mushrooms that is aiming at the Southern Hemisphere Summer salad and barbecue season. Though only initially available for 8 weeks, there are hopes that consumers and retailers might be inspired to.....

AU: Renewed calls to abolish potato marketing system

The Labor Party opposition has renewed calls for the abolition of the state's potato marketing system, which it says has the potential for corruption.Labor leader Mark McGowan says he'll remove the restrictive laws that control the growth, supply and marketing of potatoes in WA if he wins government at the.....

NZ: Award for Compac's Small Fruit Sorter

New Zealand based Compac's Small Fruit Sorter has been recognised with a highly commended at the 2012 Bayer Innovators Awards in the Environment and Agritech category. The Compac Small Fruit Sorter uses the company's market leading InVision system to sort cherries based on shape, size, diameter, color,.....

NZ: Kids dress as vegetables to promote 5-a day

The Bay of Islands has been invaded by giant fruit and vegetables, with reports of half a dozen giant carrots, three child-size pineapples, bunches of grapes, innumerable berries and even a giant parsnip roaming the streets of Opua.The invasion was not part of a bizarre sci-fi movie but a fruit and veg.....

AU: Australian tomato consumption soars

Australia is experiencing surging interest in a wide variety of tomatoes. As a result a large, $90 million glasshouse has been set up on the plains of Adelaide to cover the demand. The d'Vine Ripe Tomato Farm covers 27ha and will produce 15,000 tonnes of tomatoes per year.11 varieties of tomato will be.....

NZ: Trevelyan's celebrates sustainability award

Trevelyan’s is proud to receive the 2012 Sustainable Business Network Award, in the Emerging Large/Corporate category. The award recognizes profitable businesses that value their people and community, and are aware of their environmental impact.Members of the SBN since 2009, Trevelyan’s commitment to.....