Special Australia / New Zealand

Repeat purchase acceleration for berries, table grapes and cherries

The ability to analyse the acid content of individual berries is enabling Delytics Ltd to help boost the repurchase rates of raspberries, table grapes and cherries. Delytics Ltd specialises in increasing the consumer acceptance and repeat purchase frequency of fruit by improving the eating quality to meet the desired…

AU: The transition to organics has been a learning curve for Frais Farms

A Gippsland salad producer is confident the move into organic production will provide long term benefits, despite admitting it was a tough first season. Frais Farms moved out of the…

Australia: Kanzi production continues its significant growth

The Australian Kanzi harvest is under way, with first fruits from the eastern states harvested in mid-March. Harvest in South Australia and Western Australia is starting one week later. Des Muir, Manager of the Kanzi apple brand in Australia, says excellent quality fruit is coming off the trees. Production is estimated…

NZ: Enzed Exotics says the Kiwano is looking better than ever in its 10th year

As well as it being the 10th anniversary of the Enzed Exotics 'Kiwano' brand, the company's growers say the overall quality of the fruit is some of the best they have ever seen. New Zealand’s hot dry summer has been a contributor to exceptional yield and quality in its 2019 Kiwano harvest. Head grower Alan Hutchings has…

Australian mango season finishing on a high

This year the Australian mango season is expected to finish on a high, with predictions of the second biggest crop the industry has produced. While the record volumes of last year are not expected, it is forecast that around 10 million trays will have been dispatched by the end of the season. Quality of fruit has…

AU: Smart technology investment pays off for Bulmer Farms

One of Australia's leading salad producers says it has had "exceptional" growth across its produce range, especially since the introduction of new technology. Bulmer Farms has been using a state-of-the-art wash line and dry tunnel from the Netherlands for the past three and a half years, and along with other efficiencies,…

Catalytic Generators launches the Easy-Ripe® XT

Catalytic Generators has announced the launch of a new version of the Easy-Ripe® Generator that can be permanently installed on the exterior of a ripening room. Called the Easy-Ripe® XT, this model produces ethylene on the room’s exterior and uses a flue system to direct the generator’s ethylene output…

Golden Bay Fruit Packers

New Zealand: Motueka exporter opens state-of-the-art apple packhouse

A large player in Motueka's fruit industry says its new apple packhouse is as "good as it gets in the world." Golden Bay Fruit Packers' new 25,000 square metre packing house has been officially opened on a 4.6 hectare site on Queen Victoria St. More than 800 guests from the Motueka community and the company's 200 Pasifika…

“Our first import of New Zealand apples to the Chinese market”

China is one of the world's most important apple producers and  exporters. The apple production volume in China decreased last year as a result of extreme weather conditions, and the retail conditions for imported apples on the Chinese market consequently improved. New Zealand is one of the countries with…

NZ: Mr Apple's new varieties pass consumer tests as production prepares to ramp up

New Zealand apple suppler, Mr Apple NZ Ltd. is excited about two new varieties that will become available in commercial quantities over the next two seasons. Retail Sales Manager, and China Market Manager, Ben McLeod says the trials and consumer research done into the Posy and Dazzle on both has been extremely positive to…

System heavily focuses on packer’s outcomes

"We've invested three years and a lot of money into building this vision grading system"

After a 3-year investment in the development of new cherry and blueberry grading technology, multi-award winning company, GP Graders released last year to select customers its next generation of vision technology that will cut the cost of its vision systems through in-house development. The…

Positive trends for apple and pear sales in Australia

The data for apples and pears is now available on the Harvest to Home website, with the data revealing some positive trends for both industries. Apples The value of apple sales for the 52 weeks ending 1 December 2018 grew by +4.7 per cent compared to the prior year. Compared to other fruit categories monitored, apple dollar…

New Zealand’s growers partner up to grow premium Squash variety

Two of New Zealand’s leading growers are putting some x-factor into the country’s squash industry by teaming up to grow the world’s most premium new squash variety, Marron d’Or. Bostock New Zealand and Leaderbrand have partnered for the first time to exclusively grow a new, superior tasting squash variety called Marron…

AU: New South Wales blueberry grower enjoys return to near perfect summer growing conditions

A blueberry grower on the New South Wales Mid North says conditions improved dramatically this summer, after a challenging winter. Benning Blueberries, based in Woolgoolga, has split the harvest into two crop cycles; Summer and Winter - and experienced two drastically different seasons. "This season, the early winter crop was…

Australian technology company looking to make its mark in cold storage industry

An Australian technology company is looking to expand further into the cold storage and fresh produce industry. LiveSense specialises in The Internet of Things (IoT), mostly in the supermarket, restaurant and hotel industries, but sees potential in the fruit and vegetable sector. Director Grant Hall says the company…


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