Posts tagged "SunGold"

Zespri sues for $70 million over trademark breach in China

[6 November/Radio NZ Rural] Zespri has filed proceedings in the High Court in Auckland seeking an award of damages against a grower who illegally supplied the Sungold kiwifruit plants to China. Zespri is arguing the supply of the plants breached its intellectual property rights over the variety and was trademarked. The company had discovered 160...

Kiwifruit is king!

[29 October/Rural News] New Zealand kiwifruit demand is being driven by a trend amongst consumers who are looking to live better and healthier lives. Zespri Chief Executive, Dan Mathieson, said kiwifruit fit perfectly into that category. He added sales growth had been strong with 150 million trays last year, up from 120 million. A lot...

Zespri reports strong year despite lower volumes

[23 May/Radio NZ] Zespri reported an earnings increase for the 2017-18 season despite kiwifruit volume falling 11 percent. Production volumes suffered from the cloudy summer.  Zespri Chairman, Peter McBride, said the increased value of kiwifruit sales reflected strong consumer demand and good market performance. He added they sold a record volume of SunGold while growing...

Zespri: Kiwifruit crop increase could lead to labour shortage

[30 March/The Country] New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc Chief Executive, Nikki Johnson, said early indications show an increased crop this year, particularly for SunGold. She added that the industry was expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years. EastPack Chief Executive, Hamish Simson, noted its six sites could pack 38 million trays this season...

Kiwifruit sector set for growth report

[2 February/ Rural News Group] Growth is expected to continue in the New Zealand kiwifruit sector after last year’s record season and new orchard development currently taking place, according to the ANZ Kiwifruit Insights paper. Following the recent PSA crisis, the sector has bounced back strongly seeing annual sales rise significantly.  ANZ Managing Director Commercial...

Orchard buyers set new kiwifruit gold standard as Zespri expands plantings

[19 October/Stuff] A handful of kiwifruit orchards in Bay of Plenty have sold for over the $1 million per hectare mark this week, setting a new high for the industry. Values had soared since 2014 when gold orchards were worth about $400,000 per hectare. The latest sales come as Zespri announced an acceleration in its...

Zespri lifts forecast for 2018 tray returns, boosts SunGold licence allocations

[19 October/New Zealand Herald] Zespri Group, the country’s statutory kiwifruit exporter, has raised its forecast for tray returns across all varieties in the 2018 financial year. Total fruit and service payment is now expected to be $1.39 billion in the year ending March 31 (previous forecast of $1.34b). The board has also signed off on...

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...

Kiwifruit sector sparks jobs boom in Bay

 [21 February/ NZ Herald] New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Acting Chief Executive, Kate Longman said the industry would need an additional 4,740 seasonal staff and 420 full time staff by 2019, due to increasing SunGold kiwifruit volumes. Ms Longman said the industry had partnered with the Ministry of Social Development and the Master Contractors Association to...