Posts tagged "Zespri"

Guiney, McBride win Fonterra board seats

[6 November/Rural News] Outgoing Zespri Chairman, Peter McBride, and South Canterbury farmer, Leonie Guiney, have both been voted by farmers onto the board of Fonterra Co-operative Group. The third vacancy has been left unfilled with none of the other candidates receiving a 50% favourable vote from farmers. The result means that sitting director, Ashley Waugh,...

Zespri chairman Peter McBride stands down

[31 October/NZ Farmer] Zespri chairman, Peter McBride, has announced that he will resign for the role in February next year and will not seek re-election to the board when his term expires in the middle of next year. Mr McBride had previously told Fonterra shareholders, were he is running for election to the board, that...

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...

Lethal strain of Psa hits NZ – owned Seeka kiwifruit orchard in Australia

[17 October/Stuff] A lethal strain of the Psa bacteria was detected for the first time in Australia on a kiwifruit orchard owned by New Zealand horticulture business, Seeka. The disease caused havoc on the New Zealand kiwifruit industry in 2010, forcing some growers out of business. The Psa tolerant gold variety helped remedy the situation....

Contest heats up for three Fonterra director seat vacancies

[24 September/The Country] Five candidates will contest the three seats available on the board of Fonterra. Zespri Chairman, Peter McBride, Maori Television Chairman, Jamie Tuuta, and sitting director, Ashley Waugh, would compete with former Fonterra director, Leonie Guiney and dairy farmer, John Nicholls, for the three seats. Mr McBride, Mr Tuuta, and Mr Waugh would...

Tauranga’s Maori berry company Miro could rival kiwifruit’s Zespri

[15 September/NZ Herald] A Maori owned berry company in Tauranga believes it could be as successful as Zespri. Miro plans to become an export success story by putting tunnel houses on underutilised Maori land nationwide, creating over 5,000 jobs and put $500 million into the economy. Business Development Manager, Liz Te Amo, said it had...

Fonterra names board candidates up for election

[10 September/Radio NZ] Fonterra announced the three candidates up for election to the company board after gaining approval from an Independent Selection Panel. One candidate is Jamie Tuuta. He was the chairman of Maori Television, and has held governance roles in other organisations. A second candidate is Peter McBride, who is currently the chairman of...

New Zealand Business Roundtable in China Formally Launched

[5 September/NZBRiC] The New Zealand Business Roundtable in China was launched in Shanghai on 5 September. The event was attended by senior members of the New Zealand business community in Shanghai. The Board Chair, Kevin Parish, said it was a representational platform led by New Zealand business and would advocate for key interests on behalf...

Plant & Food Research study backs use of biopesticides

[23 August/The Country] Consumer demand for residue-free produce is on the rise. University of Auckland Researcher, Madeleine Trusewich, said New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry would benefit from fast tracking its shift towards biopesticides. Through her internship with Plant & Food Research, she determined shifting sooner was a big opportunity for New Zealand. Zespri was working with...

Critical seasonal labour shortage may hinder kiwifruit industry growth – report

[3 August/The Country] A report by New Zealand Kiwifruit Gowers Inc says a critical shortage of seasonal workers could limit the kiwifruit industry’s growth over the next ten years. The report showed the industry would require 7,000 seasonal workers if it was to double in size as predicted. At the start of the 2018 season,...

Medical cannabis industry aims to match the billion-dollar kiwifruit sector

[27 July/NZ Herald] MediCann is a cannabis company that aims to build an agricultural industry to match the kiwifruit sector. It plans to follow a similar growing and cultivation model to Zespri’s.  Managing Director, Brendon Ogilvy, said it had exclusive New Zealand rights to more than 30 medically certified cannabis strains. He added the company...

Kiwifruit growers group silent as members delay constitutional changes

[30 July/NBR] New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers’ Incorporated would not comment on its annual general meeting which was held up after growers halted constitutional changes. It tried to implement new powers for its executive committee which included giving delegated authority for decision-making.  Growers were concerned it would mean the committee would have the power to negotiate...

Zespri chairman takes top award but coy on Fonterra directorship

[26 July/Stuff] Zespri Chairman, Peter McBride, received the industry’s Bledisloe Cup. It is horticulture’s premier award. His involvement with the kiwifruit industry spanned almost 40 years. He said it was a great honour to be recognised and humbling. He remained coy about suggestions he has put his name forward to stand as a Fonterra director....

Zespri chairman Peter McBride ponders Fonterra board contest

[22 July/The Country] Zespri Chairman, Peter McBride, could be in the running in this year’s Fonterra elections. He has been urged by Fonterra shareholders to stand for the board of the company. There was no knowledge whether current Chairman, John Wilson, would seek a fifth term. If he seeks re-election, his name would not be...

Free trade deal with Europe could deliver a $30m windfall for kiwifruit exports

[21 June/Stuff] According to Zespri CEO, Dan Mathieson, a free trade deal with the European Union could offer a $30 million benefit to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. The current tariff into Europe could be removed under the proposed free trade agreement. Mr Mathieson said Korea was a good example of where tariff relief had...

Zespri red kiwifruit about two years away from commercial introduction

[14 June/NZ Herald] Zespri said the world was waiting for a good red kiwifruit, and that they hoped to deliver this in a few years. Chief Executive, Dan Mathieson, said Fieldays visitors could sample the fruit, but it would take time before its commercial introduction so the fruit would be viable from orchard right through...

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...

Chinese authorities intercept 120 trays of fake Zespri product at fruit market

[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...

Ministry declares 1200-person kiwifruit labour shortage in Bay of Plenty

[8 May/The Country] For the first time in over a decade, a seasonal labour shortage was announced in the Bay of Plenty. The Ministry of Social Development said the region needed 1,200 additional workers to pick and pack kiwifruit. Zespri did not expect the labour situation to have any material impact on the season or...

Seeka buys T&G assets

[30 April/Farmers Weekly] T&G will sell its kiwifruit orchards, packhouse facilities and assets to Seeka. The deal is worth about $40 million. Seeka recently sold out its shares in Zespri Group after opposing constitutional changes that tied shareholdings to trays of fruit produced. T&G will still have access to fruit grown by Seeka for its...

Wanted: 14,329 more kiwifruit workers for Bay by 2030

[8 April/The Country] The kiwifruit industry needed to find 14,329 more workers in the next 12 years as the sector continued to boom. Zespri Head of Grower Relations, Dave Courtney, said the industry was on track to more than double sales by 2025. Zespri had employed more staff and now export to nearly 60 countries....

Kiwifruit sales to China, Japan set to hit $1 billion

[25 March/NZ Herald] Zespri said sales to China were tracking at a record $500 million, while Japan looked set to make it double completing another half a billion dollars in sales. China and Japan are Zespri’s two biggest markets and most of the fruit sold there was from New Zealand. Zespri’s spokesperson, Rachel Lynch, said...

Zespri shareholders vote in favour of changes to constitution

[14 March/NZ Farmer] Zespri shareholders have voted to ensure active growers have greater control of the co-operative. A share cap will be introduced with growers able to hold a maximum of four shares for each tray of kiwifruit that they supply to Zespri.  This will mean around 8 percent of growers are ‘overshared’, whereas 29...