[3 May/Stuff]

Chinese government officials intercepted 120 trays of fake Zespri kiwifruit being sold in a fruit market. Zespri Mainland China General Manager, Holly Brown, said Zespri worked with Chinese government officials to identify and prosecute where possible. Ms Brown said Zespri sold $500 million of kiwifruit in mainland China last season and China was now on par with Japan as its largest market. Zespri Spokeswoman, Rachel Lynch, added that its tracing technology was confidential. Zespri was not the first New Zealand company to be imitated in China, with Moa Brewing Company being copied in 2015. A Chinese court ordered two defendants to sign personal undertakings that meant they could face prison terms if they re-offended.