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Formation underway of first South African Kiwi Growers’ Association

Empty European market exerts strong pull on early South African kiwis

When the South African gold kiwi season started this year by 15 February, it was a month before any other producer in the Southern Hemisphere. “Europe has been crying out for kiwifruit and struggling to find it. The heavy frosts during flowering May last year resulted in a low crop of yellow kiwis in the…

Should you use air or probe temperature loggers?

The storage temperature of fresh horticultural product when transported from the farm to the consumer can heavily influence its quality. Both air and probe temperature loggers are able to monitor temperature continuously and accurately through a typical supply chain. Commonly people ask which should I…

Citrus canker restrictions lifted in Darwin

Citrus canker restricted areas have been lifted in the Darwin, Palmerston and rural Northern Territory. Following a minimum six-month host free period without detection of…

First Shipment of Persimmons to Thailand under new protocol

Australia has successfully exported its first shipment of persimmons to Thailand under a new protocol negotiated by the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The shipment left Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday, 25 March, on one of the few remaining flights to Bangkok, Thailand,…

Scott Ryall - Rimor Equity Research

"A supermarket retailer’s fresh offering must be strong to retain short, medium and long-term competitiveness"

Australian supermarket retailing, on the face of it, has a strong market structure. But, as in North America and Europe, the sector has experienced structural pressures over 10 years or more, with discounters acting as the main agents of change, added to emerging online pressures. "A supermarket…

New Zealand onion exporter looking to build on a successful start in the Indian market

A New Zealand onion exporter has found that the Indian market cannot get enough of the country's produce, in the first 12-months in operation. "It's just insatiable," Founder of Numb3rs Talk, Bill Karaitiana said. "Particularly when they are refrigerated and top-quality, but I now realise that most…

The AHEIA – a voice for Australian horticultural exporters and importers

There's never a dull moment for Australian horticultural exporters and importers. By its nature, the sector is at the frontline for all issues impacting the value chain pathway. Whether it be bushfires, drought, or complex supply chains overlayed by regulatory requirements, non-tariff barriers and…

"The digital divide is very much a real thing"

The Australian technology company helping to bridge the communication gap through off-grid networks

With 43 per cent of Australian farms having little or no mobile coverage, an Australian startup company is out to solve that problem through scalable wireless networks. While founder and CEO of Zetifi, Dan Winson says most of the large-scale trials and sales have been in broadacre cropping and cattle,…

Kapiris Bros drive for a sustainable future. From pulp to packaging

Kapiris Bros has begun rolling out an innovative initiative in sustainable packaging practices this week by replacing plastic trays and punnets with home compostable sugarcane pulp solutions.Kapiris Bros belief in eliminating packaging harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources is the…

New Australian products helping to reduce synthetic chemical use on farms

An Australian product that allows farmers to optimise yield and reduce environmental impact through the use of naturally occurring microbes and fungi, is growing in popularity. Thinkbio started five years ago, with a focus on biological products using naturally-occurring strains of bacteria and fungi to…

Targeting Australia and New Zealand with automated solutions

"We have the answer ready to go – today"

The market in Australia and New Zealand faces glaring and common issues across customers in the region: Processors can’t find labor to staff their lines, they can’t retain the personnel they do find, they can’t afford to pass increasing labor costs to their customers, and there is a renewed focus on…

Growers switch to Asia-preferred varieties

New Zealand apple crop expected to increase 10-15% this season

New Zealand apple growers are now harvesting the first Galas of the new season. “It’s been a fabulous year,” says Luis Gonzales with Vanguard International. Overall, weather has been spectacular for the main apple growing regions in the country. “The South Island growing regions that typically receive…

Greg Calvert - FreshChain

“We want consumer traceability to be viewed as an opportunity for the whole fresh food ecosystem"

Real-time paddock to plate traceability in fresh food continues to gather momentum worldwide, enabling retailers, brand owners and exporters to build trust with consumers while mitigating risk if and when things go wrong. Consumers want to know more about their food and are prepared to make buying…

Aartsen's Menno van Breemen and Leo van der Giesen

"Australian grapes and New Zealand top fruit enormously popular in Asia"

The Dutch company, Aartsen, is doing well in the European and Asian markets. That is with the Australian brand, Grandezza, and the New Zealand brand, Okuku. Menno van Breemen is from Aartsen Asia and Leo van der Giesen from this company's office in the Benelux region. They discuss the importance of these…

Jamieee Burns - JRs Orchards

Capital brand heading to UK for first time

In some regions of New Zealand, the apple harvest has been underway for a few weeks, but the harvest at JR’s Orchards in Wairarpa an hour’s drive from the capital Wellington, the harvest has just started. “We started the harvest late last week,” explains Jamiee Burns, Operations Director. “Sizes are up…

The game-changing technology helping with pest detections

An Australian company is taking the guess-work out of pest management, through real-time information of insect detection in orchards and farms. RapidAIM is the digital pest surveillance and management system for agriculture, using novel patented, low-power sensors that detect the presence of insects in a…

Ramzi Amari - Van Amerongen

In Australia and New Zealand there is growing interest in dynamic storage

Van Amerongen specialises in CA/ULO technology for storing fruit and vegetables. The company has been conditioning small and large cold stores across the world for over 40 years and has in-depth knowledge about fruit storage. Van Amerongen has been active in the Australian and New Zealand markets for…

US will see larger New Zealand apples this spring

With a larger crop this year, New Zealand apples will be coming into the US market in May. “The crop looks to be larger this year with larger-sized fruit,” says Jason Bushong of Los Angeles, Ca.-based Giumarra. “While New Zealand also ships apples to Asia and Europe, when fruit sizes are larger, they…

Allan Mahoney

New 6kg export boxes already on the shelves

Sweet Potatoes Australia have a year-round supply and at the moment are harvesting 400 tons each day, this is expected to increase in the coming months, planting takes place three times a year to ensure a continuous supply. The company sent containers of sweet potatoes to Europe earlier this year and…

More volume and bigger sizes of New Zealand apples

The New Zealand harvest of early varieties started in late January and they are now into the full harvest cycle. "Our crop estimate predicts a gross crop 5% up on last year at around 600,000 metric tonnes, with the export share of that at 409,000 metric tonnes (22.7m 18kg cartons) or 3% up on last year.…

Drought expected to impact Australian pineapple growers into next season

Australian pineapple growers admit that the impact of the drought will continue to impact the fruit's crops for the next 12 months. President of Australian Pineapples says Stephen Pace says recent rainfall has been welcome and encouraging, but with a 2-3-year crop cycle, everything in the ground for the…

Michael Franks - Seeka

“Our growth in volume is coming from new developments, conversion and SunGold orchards coming into production"

Last year very dry growing conditions in both Australia and New Zealand made conditions very challenging for Australasian company Seeka. The Hayward kiwifruit [green] yields were well down on expectation due to the drought conditions. The SunGold variety was less affected by the drought as it grows much…

Australian citrus industry gathers ahead of upcoming season

Delegates from across Australia's Citrus Industry gathered in Melbourne today, for the opening day of the Market Outlook Forum. The bi-annual event is the only national one of its kind for the citrus industry this year, with more than 200 representatives from the growing, packing and marketing sectors in…

"We want to try and get out of the crowd, and differentiate our offering"

How innovation has helped a Victorian stone fruit farm become one of Australia's leading producers

Introducing and embracing innovation in a constantly changing technology ecosystem has helped Cutri Fruit become not only the largest stone fruit producers in Australia – but one of the leaders in the global fresh produce industry. Since returning to the farm in 2004, Managing Director, Gaethan Cutri has…


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