Posts tagged "avocado"

Three people arrested after avocado heists

[3 August/The Country] Three people were arrested due to avocados being stolen from orchards in the Bay of Plenty. Police alleged that one was the organised receiver who purchased the fruit from the two who stole it. A 63 year old was due to appear in court later this month. Two others from Tauranga would...

Why Costco’s avocados will last twice as long

[19 June/Food Dive] Apeel Sciences has developed technology that can more than double the shelf life of fruit, helping consumers, retailers and the environment by cutting down on food waste. The company developed a powder that is sprayed on produce close the harvest and dried to create an extra layer of material to slow the...

Overseas Investment Office rejects Craigmore application to buy orchard

[1 June/Stuff] Craigmore Permanent Crop Limited Partnership Chief Executive, Che Charteris, said its application had been caught up in Government changes to foreign land ownership in light of its rebuff from the Overseas Investment Office to its application to buy a kiwifruit and avocado orchard. He added every government had the right to set new...

Are pineapples the new avocado?

[28 March/Food Navigator] Tesco revealed that pineapple sales were the fastest growing fruit in the UK. There was speculation that it might overtake avocados. Pineapple sale growth was beating avocado demand growth by around half. The versatility of pineapples was one of the main factors causing the growth, according to Jaquemet. Consumers use pineapples as...

What’s the cost of rising demand for superfoods?

[22 February/Food Navigator] Rabobank has recently released the World Fruit Map 2018 which shows the pressure that growth in demand for products such as Avocados and Blueberries is having with supply failing to keep up.  Rabobank analysts note that global fruit demand is definitely impacted by superfruit fads with consumers expecting popular products to be...

Avocado squeeze end in sight

[16 January/Australian Financial Review] Relief is in sight from the great avocado shortage gripping Australia as supplies are expected to be sourced from New Zealand and Western Australia. Prices have risen from around AUD6 per tray before Christmas to AUD80 a tray currently as supplies have fallen significantly below expectations in early January. Avocados Australia...

Avocado sales could more than double this year, helped by demand from China’s middle class

[10 January/CNBC] China’s expanding middle class population is rapidly growing demand for avocado’s which is expected to see imports of the fruit more than double in 2018 again according to Steve Barnard, the President of Mission Produce, the world’s largest distributor of avocados. The pace of growth in sales of the fruit in China, which...

China now open to NZ avocado exports

[5 December/ Rural News] New Zealand avocado exporters have started looking at how to develop a niche market in China following the signing of an agreement between the two countries allowing avocados to be exported to China. New Zealand Avocado Chief Executive, Jenny Scoular said New Zealand did not produce a significant volume of avocados,...

Avocado prices could spike thanks to a short season and low yield

[31 October/ New Zealand Herald] This season’s avocado yield is predicted to be low, driving up consumer prices. New Zealand Avocado Growers’ Association President Jen Scoular confirmed this, and that the greater transparency of volumes this season allowed for more accurate predictions. Bron Kemp, the Delivery Manager for fruit seller Twisted Citrus, has warned of...

Kiwi, Aussie avocado growers snuggle up

[17 September/ Rural News] Collaboration and co-operation came through as key themes from last week’s Australasian avocado growers conference.  The industry has recently collaborated with Plant and Food Research to secure a $4 million research grant to improve orchard productivity and find solutions to mitigate the biennial bearing problem.  The recently elected chair of both...

Niches way to go for avocado

 [12 September/ Bay of Plenty Times] Creative solutions to challenges need to be found by the New Zealand avocado industry in order for the sector to successfully pursue opportunities. The New Zealand and Australian Avocado Growers conference was held in Tauranga last week, with speakers from Russell Ballard, Independent Chairman of the Plant Market Access...