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Special — Australia/New Zealand
24-26 June, New Zealand
Unprecedented line-up of speakers from around the globe to take stage at PMA Fresh Connections 2014
When the Australasian region’s largest pan-industry fresh produce conference and trade show convenes for the first time in New Zealand on 24-26 June, an unprecedented line-up of speakers from around the globe will take the stage, organisers of PMA Fresh Connections 2014 have announced. Pictured from left to.....
Photo report - Helen Hill
Australian Tropical Fruit Paradise
Each year tropical fruit growers, aficionados and the public gather in the small Far North Queensland town of Innisfail to enjoy a week long celebration of tropical fruit, Feast of the Senses. Each year the seasons change and the variety and number of fruit available in that week varies. A Gala Dinner is.....
Australia’s ultimate convenience food is back
The delicious Aussie mandarin is back in season, with the sweet citrus fruit expected to be a winter favourite as consumers turn towards healthy ‘convenience foods.’CEO of Citrus Australian, Judith Damiani, said as Australians become more health conscious, budget conscious and time poor, Aussie mandarins are.....
Strong domestic market despite loss of Thai exports
Avocado supply in the North of Queensland has been a bit short this season, according to Evan Heidemann from Australian marketing cooperative SunFresh. "There was also a bit of damage from last week's cyclone, but not as much as we had expected."The central Queensland crop is looking much better though and.....
Joe Craggs, Tropical Pineapples
AU: Freshcut pineapple supply grew 18% in 5 years
Tropical Pineapples market pineapples from Australia's largest group of pineapple growers, growing on the Queensland coast from Rollingstone in the north, right down to Beerwah in southern Queensland. As a group they supply 1 million trays of pineapples grown on around 1500 acres of land over 22.....
AU: Why Tassie is so good for growing capsicums
In Tasmania it’s not unusual to experience all four seasons in one day. "That’s why it is so perfect for growing superior Capsicums in our 3 hectare Greenhouse. The cooler the climate means longer shelf life for our quality produce," explains Director of Tassie Pride, Dr. Johann Van Dijk Joubert, PhD......
E.E Muir & Sons
AU: "More and more growers identifying advantages of stonewool substrates"
Family owned and operated - E.E Muir & Sons are highly recognised as a major distributor of fertilisers, chemicals, seeds and other farm inputs to the Australian field and protected agriculture market, the company has long recognised the importance of providing the right information and backup to its.....
Abbotsleigh and Seven Fields join forces with a focus on farm gate returns
Abbotsleigh Citrus have joined with Seven Fields to have all of their citrus production marketed through Seven Fields. Together with Seven Fields’ own production in Katherine and Sunraysia, the volume of produce covered will mean Seven Fields is able to offer lemons to the domestic market for 12 months of.....
Onions New Zealand appoints Dr Jane Adams as Research and Innovation Manager
Onions New Zealand (ONZ) has identified via the development of its industry strategic plan completed in January 2014, that successful research and innovation is core to the achievement of industry objectives. These are to expand its position as a world class industry delivering sustainable growth and.....
MAF Oceania and Citrus Australia join forces
Citrus growers and packers are set to benefit from a new partnership between packing equipment giant, MAF Oceania and the nation’s peak citrus body, Citrus Australia.As Citrus Australia’s inaugural major corporate partner, MAF Oceania will offer growers and packers the benefit of its global expertise, while.....
Photos from Eveleigh Market, Sydney
Helen Hill an achacha grower in Australia, visits many markets and farmers markets to promote the exotic fruit. She will be sending FreshPlaza a few reports for our Australia and New Zealand Special this month.Helen Hill: Eveleigh Market, Sydney is my personal favourite as it is covered, held weekly, and.....
EastPack announces $1.5m profit following Satara merger
EastPack Limited, grower owned post harvest kiwifruit supplier, has announced a $1.5 million operating profit (after paying rebates) for the financial year ending 31 December 2013 – the first annual result since its merger with Satara.EastPack Chairman Ray Sharp said although the operating profit was lower.....
Citrus ready for Chinese boom
Riverland citrus growers have plenty of reasons to smile, with exports to China likely to double this year, according to Citrus Australia market development manager Andrew Harty."In order to send fruit to China, growers have to register and be certified under our KCT - standing for Korea, China, Thailand -.....
Aussie grapes bound for South Korean tables
The first ever shipment of Australian table grapes to South Korea has been sent from Robinvale, marking a significant new milestone for Victoria’s table grape industry.Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the table grapes had been grown, packed and exported by Robinvale company.....