Recently we were allowed to take a look into the packhouse of Zeus, a kiwi exporter located in Greece. The season is almost over and the company is already preparing itself for the next season, but there was still a lot to see. The location of the packhouse is stunning, as Mount Olympus is right in the background when you enter the compound. Once inside, it is easy to see how Zeus manages the flow of incoming and outgoing kiwis. Although the busiest time was already behind the company, it meant there was more time for us to take a good look at what they do.
The capacity of the packhouse is between 300 and 350 tons on a weekly basis. Currently Zeus is using an old sorting machine, the plans are to replace it with a new state of the art sorting machine sometime next year. This should increase the company's packing capacity by about 12 per cent.
Zeus send their kiwis all over the world. 40% of the total production is going to the United Kingdom alone. About 20% of their kiwis are exported to the rest of Europe, with the remaining 40% going overseas to countries like China, the United States and Chile. Zeus is currently working with Italians and another Greek company on developing a couple of new varieties of golden kiwis. They expect to bring these new kiwis to Fruit Logistica in Berlin, but it is possible they will be able to bring samples to Fruit Attraction in Madrid as well.