Special Australia / New Zealand

Tray sealing shows its green credentials

Tray sealing specialist Proseal says that while maximising speed and efficiencies is still the driving force for the packing of fresh produce, the quest for these can also…

AU: Melbourne's private wholesale market tours helping to giving start-up knowledge to new produce businesses

Due to an increase in demand, the company which provides tours at the Melbourne wholesale markets has recently expanded its services to provide a more specialised experience for visitors. Jan Claire operates "C the Market" tours and says she is now seeing many younger entrepreneurial people who have no…

Flavorite’s leap into the blueberry market

Flavorite, one of the largest glasshouse fresh producers in Australia, is known for its tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants and cucumbers. A company started by two close mates has reached international supermarkets over the past decades. Now, growing into the blueberry market, Flavorite is projecting an…

AU: The history behind the Lindenow's transition from frozen to fresh-packaged production

East Gippsland vegetable farmer Kim Martin believes that the region's growers are extremely blessed to have a processing facility right on their doorstep, after witnessing the region switch from frozen-based, to fresh-packaged production. He is now the director of Frais Farms, who is one of the suppliers…

"Our pre-season volume estimates have tripled, creating a bumper year for us"

New Zealand’s Grove Avocado Oil has tripled pre-season volume estimates, creating a bumper year. General Manager James Greenlees says the Bay of Plenty-based family-owned company has processed one of the largest seasonal volumes of fruit in its 19-year history. “Grove was set up by local avocado…

AU: CropTracer helping to provide traceability through the supply chain

With a background in Information Technology, Northern Territory mango grower Wayne Quach sought to find an efficient way to not only improve his business model, but streamline traceability. So, he revisited an old prototype; an application for agriculture that provides an end-to-end tracking – and…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…


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