Horticulture

Horticulture NZ calls for food security policy

[9 August/NZ Herald] Horticulture New Zealand is advocating for a food security policy, and has launched an election manifesto outlining five key priorities for the new Government – biosecurity, food security, workforce capability, mandatory country of origin labelling, and healthy eating education. Chief Executive Mike Chapman said challenges to the country’s food supply included urban...

NZ’s nutrient packed superfruit

[11 August/Rural News] New research conducted in New Zealand has highlighted that NZ Avocados have unique nutritional qualities including double the amount of Vitamin B6 and 20% more folate than those grown in other countries. The nutrient packed NZ avocado has seen demand surge for the fruit in New Zealand over recent seasons with the...

NZ’s apple and pear industry goes pip-squeaky clean on labour exploitation

[13 August/Business Day] Recent investigations by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has highlighted that migrant labour is on occasion being paid less than minimum wage. With European supermarkets now having to comply with law like the Modern Slavery Act in the UK and growing customer concern they are increasingly willing to ditch suppliers...

NZ ranks high for fresh consumption

[14 August/Eurofruit] A new survey completed by the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust found that 37% of the 700 respondents consumed five or more portions of fresh fruit and vegetables each day, while 59% consumed at least four different types each day. This compares very favourable to European data which showed less than 15% of...

Kiwifruit PSA ‘ground zero’ at Te Puke

[7 August/NZ Herald] The class action suit by the 212 members of the Kiwifruit Claim against the Ministry for Primary Industries has begun in the High Court at Wellington this week. The growers say the bacteria, Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae cost the industry over than $800 million and officials were negligent in allowing it in....

T&G Global first-half profit halves as inclement weather delays NZ pipfruit harvest

[3 August/National Business Review] T&G Global reported a 49 percent decrease in first-half profit due to poor weather impacting domestic pipfruit harvest timing, reducing fruit volumes and margins. Net profit attributable to equity holders decreased to $11.3 million, or 9.1 cents per share, in the six months ended June 30, from $22 million, or 18.2...

Sterile moths for a disruptive conference

[3 August/NZ Herald] Hundreds of thousands of sterile male Canadian moths have been dropped by drone on a Central Hawke’s Bay orchard to expel Hawke’s Bay of codling moths and keep fruit chemical-free. Plant and Food Entomologist Dr Jim Walker said a trial would be rolled out to the greater Hawkes Bay with 10 to...

Significant investment will enable massive expansion for Timaru apple business, owners say

[6 August/Stuff] Kerrytown Orchards LP has received approval to buy an 18.68-hectare land parcel in South Canterbury. The Overseas Investment Office was told the $760,000 investment would further the company’s orchard expansion in South Canterbury. The new land is planned to be used as a Honeycrisp apple orchard, and the company will export the fruit...

Kiwi olive growers facing tough times

[7 August/ Stuff] Olives New Zealand’s Executive Director Gayle Sheridan said wet, cloudy conditions over winter decreased the oil content in the fruit, and growers had been unable to let fruit ripen more fully because of frosts and hungry birds, cutting the country’s crop in half. Although the yield was still high quality, local production...

Growers speak out over avocado thefts

[28 July/ NZ Herald] Avocado thefts have become increasingly sophisticated, with orchards being targeted through Google Earth causing large quantities of the fruit to be stripped off of trees overnight. Chairman of the Avocado Growers Association and the Avocado Industry Council, Grower Ashby Whitehead, was targeted four times and said shop owners are turning a...

Persimmon exports to China signed after 12 years of negotiations

[27 July/ NZ Herald] New Zealand is shipping its first export of persimmons to mainland China after 12 years of negotiation between the Ministry for Primary Industries and China’s quarantine authority AQSIQ. Exporters peg this as a multi-million-dollar opportunity for the industry. First Fresh, a Gisborne-based exporter plans to send its first shipment in August....

Kiwifruit exporter enters Orange County

[28 July/ Rural News Group] Zespri has opened its regional office in Orange County, California to manage increasing sales across America. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager said a majority of the growth came from the new gold variety Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit. Mr Jager said the New Zealand kiwifruit industry is expected to more than double...

Changes for kiwifruit rules announced

[20 July/ NZ Herald] The Minister for Primary Industries announced that Cabinet had approved amendments to the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999. This follows a substantial review of the regulations undertaken by the Ministry for Primary Industries after the Kiwifruit Industry Strategic Plan process and report. The new amendments will allow Zespri shareholders to consider setting...

Kiwifruit contractors shamed in damning report

[18 July/ NZ Herald] A Labour Inspectorate investigation showed 53 percent of Bay of Plenty kiwifruit contractors had breached employment obligations, with one owing at least $25,000 to workers. These firms failed to meet all minimum employment standards, such as providing employment agreements and paying the minimum wage at least. Inspectors audited 62 labour contracting...

Lost vege plots

[18 July/Rural News Group] Horticulture NZ Chair Julian Raine said house building competing for productive land in urban areas might cause the end of some New Zealand horticultural production. Mr Raine said housing’s competing for land means the country must work out what the design of our cities should be to allow for food production...

Sunless season dries up olive oil production

[17 July/ Radio NZ] New Zealand’s olive oil producers have had a tough production season, and some growers fruit volume and oil production is less than half of last year’s. Wairarapa Olive Grower Andrew Priddle said there had been a lack of sunshine hours in summer and autumn, and the crops had matured three weeks...

NZ fruit & vegetable sector urged to watch consumer trends

[17 July/ Rabobank Media Release] Rabobank’s California-based Senior Fruit and Vegetable Analyst Dr Roland Fumasi said there is a great potential for New Zealand to increase fruit and vegetable produce sales; however, the industry must anticipate and respond to evolving consumer consumption patterns to maximise export opportunities. Dr Fumasi said the growing middle-class population in...

Bledisloe Cup for kiwifruit grower

 [14 July/ Rural News Group] Kiwifruit industry leader Peter Ombler received horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup. Hort NZ President Julian Raine said Mr Ombler is an exceptional grower who has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 36 years and took a lead role on critical issues, like Psa, for the benefit of all...

The story of fresh fruit and vegetables – from the seed to your plate

[13 July/ Horticulture NZ Press Release] A video by Horticulture New Zealand was released showing the story of New Zealand’s fresh fruit and vegetables, from the seed through to food on a plate. Hort NZ Chief Executive Mike Chapman said New Zealand’s fresh fruit and vegetables tell a story of successful, inter-generational family businesses providing...

Big kiwifruit growth plans for Maori

 [7 July/ Rural News Group] Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum Chairman Tiaki Hunia said there is an ambitious goal to increase the percentage of total kiwifruit production coming from Maori kiwifruit orchards from 8 percent to 20 percent. Mr Hunia said this growth could come from new developments or mergers or acquisitions. Mr Hunia noted a...

Mainfreight banned from hiring migrant workers

[6 July/ NZ Herald] Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said Mainfreight Limited is one of 53 employers stood down from recruiting migrant workers since new measures came into force under the Employment Relations Act 2000. Mainfreight is unable to hire migrant workers from April 28 until October 28 this year. Mainfreight Limited was restricted from recruiting...

Global domination predicted for Rockit

 [4 July/ NZ Herald] Rockit Global Chairman John Loughlin said Rockit apples could become a staple snack worldwide. Rockit received ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay’s ASB Exporter of the Year and won the Napier Port Industry Trail Blazer Award. Mr Loughlin said Rockit’s ambition was to make their apples as successful as New Zealand’s gold kiwifruit and...

Kiwifruit industry to create 29k jobs 2030

 [27 June/ NZ Herald] A new research report prepared by Waikato University for Zespri suggests that the kiwifruit industry will create 29,000 jobs and contribute $3.5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP by 2030.  The report which analysed the economic impact of the industry on the Bay of Plenty and Northland regions as well...

Court date set for Kiwifruit case against MPI

[25 June/ Radio NZ News] The class action claim being brought by over 200 kiwifruit growers against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the PSA disease outbreak in 2010 will be heard in August.  The growers accuse MPI of negligence for letting the disease into the country and are seeking to redress $885 million loss...