EastPack commercial sample collection and lab testing service - Pinpoint Laboratory Services

New Zealand: New Te Puke kiwi test lab will create 80 jobs

Some 80 local jobs will be created at EastPack's new commercial sample collection and lab testing service at Te Puke, New Zealand. Field samplers, lab technicians, supervisors etc. will be required from January to June during the kiwifruit season.

EastPack chief executive Hamish Simson claims to be excited to announce the launch of the company's fully independent lab Pinpoint Laboratory Services. Pinpoint has been confirmed by Zespri as one of the testing providers for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Simson told nzherald.co.nz: "Following a robust and successful tender process to collect and test a portion of the industry volume we are building a new lab facility at our Quarry Rd site in Te Puke, as the forecasted volume will require a significant increase in current lab size and capacity.”

The new purpose-built lab facility would be up and running by early in the New Year, ready for the Pinpoint team to start the 2021 season.

Pinpoint operations manager Sasha Thomson said the sampling and maturity clearance testing service was an essential part of the industry framework and helps growers make informed decisions about the best time to harvest their crop.

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