"NZ has a very good name as a market leader and agriculture innovator, so they will give companies the time and listen"

New Zealand has a huge tech opportunity in the Middle East's growing horticulture industry

An international consulting company says New Zealand has a real opportunity to be a partner of choice with the Middle East in providing "world-leading agritech solutions" to a growing agriculture sector. Alpha Kennedy, from Prime Consulting International, told delegates at the MobileTECH Ag event in…

Jen Scoular - NZ Avocados

"Early indications show a good volume of good sized avocados on healthy trees"

The New Zealand avocado industry has grown from a high of $68m in 2011 to a forecast of over $200m in 2020. Almost 44,000 tonnes of avocados were harvested this season, with 4.9 million trays exported. Sales in the New Zealand market will top 2.5 million trays. New Zealand has over 4,000 hectares of…

Plant export Industry Advice Notice

New Zealand lifts suspension on export of all fresh cucurbit species produced in Queensland

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has released a new Industry Advice Notice (IAN), to advise industry that New Zealand has lifted the suspension…

Australia: Roadtrains start massive watermelon shipments in Northern Territory

Between Easter and Christmas, more than 63,000 bins of watermelons are expected to be moved by Primary Connect from the Northern Territory. Primary Connect’s carrier partner for melon transportation, ABC Transport, will transport around 190 bins per trailer destined for South Australia. After arriving at…

Weather, labor and shipping impact NZ apple/pear season

The total production of New Zealand apples and pears this season is estimated to be approximately 21- 22 million cartons. The exportable crop is expected to be 19.5 million cartons. According to Vanguard International, there were three significant factors that led to the estimated volumes of New Zealand…

New season, new look for JAZZ™ apple

The first of T&G Global’s premium new season JAZZ™ apples are being shipped to global markets, as warm and sunny weather conditions bring a rich colour, full flavour and earlier harvest than usual for the ‘snack on the go’ fruit. Grown in the Hawke’s Bay, Nelson and Otago, JAZZ™ apples are being picked…

Freshcare introduces new QR code security

Freshcare is introducing QR codes on certificates across all its Standards to add a greater level of security and allow users to access real time up to date information on a business’s certification at the click of a button. The QR code is embedded in the certificate, helping to protect against misuse…

Pyper’s Produce Carrot Crop Report, March 2021

From sowing to harvest the main-crop carrots have been growing in near perfect conditions

Pyper’s Produce is one of New Zealand’s largest fresh export carrot growers and the South Island’s largest domestic supplier of carrots. Owners Brendan Hamilton and Brent Lamb, grow carrots and potatoes in their fertile Southland soils. Annually Pyper’s produce more than 12,000 tonnes of carrots for both…

Fairtrade takes big steps towards living wages for banana workers

Fairtrade has announced a new base wage for all Fairtrade certified banana plantations. The revised standard marks a unique move towards a living wage, benefitting thousands of workers. This will make a real difference to the New Zealand market where up to 8% of all bananas sold are Fairtrade bananas.…

Rockit

Mark O’Donnell - Rockit

“Volume is up 65% on 2020 and the quality is excellent"

It is all go at New Zealand miniature apple grower Rockit, the apple harvest is underway with a brand new packhouse. Mark O’Donnell who joined the company as CEO in early January talks about the apple season and the growth of volumes and markets at Rockit. “The 2021 season is looking fantastic. We’ve…

Brinkman

Maximize yield with the right advice and equipment

Brinkman Australia a division of global horticultural specialists Royal Brinkman, supplier of professional horticultural products and services are bringing growers across the country more in line with trends and developments from around the globe. "Our goal is to assist growers towards creating fully…

Spectre

Major New Zealand citrus grower signs on for Spectre

First Fresh NZ, a major citrus supplier to the domestic market in New Zealand, has taken the global lead as the first citrus enterprise to sign on to Spectre, the computer vision fruit sizing tool developed by New Zealand start-up, Hectre. "Spectre uses computer vision, machine learning and AI technology…

Maungatapere Berries expands North in partnership with Ngāpuhi

Whangārei’s berry producer Maungatapere Berries is set to expand its operations into Kaikohe through a partnership with Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company and Far North Holdings Ltd. The 28 hectare development at the Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park is expected to help meet growing nationwide demand for…

“We believe Australia will be a sizeable market for Indian pomegranates”

Indian pomegranates have been making their way to New Zealand for over five years. Although volumes were lower during the lockdown period, export levels are getting closer to the pre-Covid levels at the moment. Australia is a potential market for Indian pomegranates, as one exporter explains his vision…

"In a normal year, we spend up to three months of the year travelling the globe to different producers"

Bringing the flavours of 'natural' fresh produce home for Australian consumers

An Australian food supply company says it is continuing to bring new produce from around the world back home to help the foodservice industry and manufacturers expand its culinary range for consumers. Natural Ingredients is a business focused on fruits and vegetables in various formats, which are…

Bostock

New Zealand organic apple grower expands further into Vietnam

Vietnam is the third offshore office Bostock New Zealand has opened in three years with companies also in Far East, Russia and North America. Bostock New Zealand International Market Manager, Jane Maclean says after seeing first-hand the benefits of in-market local representation, Vietnam was a natural…

"Effectively we are trying to fill that void between conventional produce and the organic category"

The innovative frozen fruit range promoting the importance of sustainability in Australia

An emerging Australian frozen fruit supplier says it was not enough for him to just go organic, so he took the extra step and committed to creating sustainably certified products. Ra Food produces the only Rainforest Alliance Certified™ frozen fruits for Australia and New Zealand. Co-owner Shane…

Jonny Cook - Port Nelson

Having a good relationship with shipping companies helps to keep things running smoothly at the port

As the New Zealand apple export season hots up Port Nelson (PNL) is running at full capacity reshuffling the port and carefully managing space. The full capacity of the port is 2700 full containers and 5000 empties. Port Nelson handles approximately 10,200 TEU of apples each calendar year. Cold store…

"There are stories being told about you - but who is telling that story?"

Melbourne fruit retailer believes that embracing a digital strategy is the future of fruit and veg marketing

When a local Melbourne grocer was getting tired of the "same old advice" that was constantly being given to him on how to sell fruit and vegetables, he decided to think outside the box and revolutionise the marketing of his business in line with the 21st century. David Zahlan of Alexanders Fruit Market…

MAF RODA

Chris Bray - MAF RODA NZ

"Ease of integration and design means customers only need to deal with one company"

More and more companies are investing in robotics and automated packhouse machinery, this may be to tackle labour shortages or cope with growing production volumes. MAF RODA NZ have built up a strong presence in the NZ Market in the last 5 years with annual kiwifruit projects since 2017. "We also have stonefruit…

Monitoring hardware now included with Frost Fans

Australian Frost Fans is the sister business to New Zealand Frost Fans, which manufactures the FrostBoss® range of frost fans at their factory in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The FrostBoss® C49 (4-blade machine) is one of the the best-selling machines in Australasia. "Web-based monitoring of frost fans is becoming…

Ian Albert - First Fresh

Positive but challenging 2020 season for persimmon and Meyer lemons

First Fresh New Zealand, based in Gisborne, New Zealand, is looking forward to the 2021 export persimmon and citrus season following a successful 2020 program says Managing Director Ian Albers."The challenges that Covid-19 posed in 2020 were overcome mostly however early season shipments were affected by…

FreshPlaza March special - Australia and New Zealand

FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting Australia and New Zealand in our March special. Are you an importer of fruit, vegetables or services from Australia or New Zealand or do you export from there to destinations around the world? We would love to hear from you for our March special section. You can…


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