Posts tagged "Zespri"

Zespri targets use of plastics

[14 June/Farmers Weekly] Zespri’s chief executive Dan Mathieson is pushing for more sustainable processes in horticulture’s fastest growing sector. Zespri is to lead development of a sustainability framework for the sector in response to growing consumer demands for more sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. The demand for more sustainable practices is becoming as strong...

Zespri strikes gold in season’s returns

[24 May/Farmers Weekly] Zespri’s gross revenue has exceeded $3 billion, a first for the kiwifruit marketer. The results have SunGold growers, particularly, in the box seat for increased returns, up 28 percent on last year. Zespri experienced a 21 percent increase in sales volume last season, moving a record 167.2 million trays over the 2018-19...

High-end shoppers seek quality

[09 April/Farmers Weekly] Top-end Chinese supermarkets are using virtual stores to better understand their customers’ shopping habits, both on and off line. Premium shopping experiences have been limited to online stores but more online outlets are introducing physical shopping option. For Shanghai and Beijing based chain City Shop, they have added an online offering since its...

Kiwifruit harvest gets off to a flying start

[02 April/Stuff NZ] More than 600,000 pallets of kiwifruit is expected to be exported this season. The first charter vessel carrying Zespri kiwifruit is now on its way to China and Japan with 4500 pallets after an early start to this year’s harvest. David Courtney, Zespri Chief Grower and Alliances Officer reported that for the...

China’s appetite continues to grow for New Zealand exports

[28 March/The Country] In the ten years since the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and China, exports have exponentially increased from $2.1 billion in 2008 to $16.6 billion in 2018. This amount is nearly twice what New Zealand exports to the USA. The Chinese government, initially signed to help reduce poverty in China....

First charter ship carrying Zespri kiwifruit sets sail for China and Japan from Tauranga

[25 March/NZ Herald] The first shipment of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit has left New Zealand shores bound for China and Japan following an early start to the season. The shipment contained 3,000 pallets from the Bay of Plenty and 1,600 pallets from Gisborne which is collected earlier in the week. Zespri Chief Grower and Alliances Officer...

Zespri China sales still growing

[22 March/Farmers Weekly] As the season’s kiwifruit is gearing up for harvest, the China office for Zespri is preparing for another year of strong growth, especially in the SunGold variety. Kiwifruit is now among the top five most popular fruit in China’s largest cities. Ivan Kinsella, Zespri China’s Corporate Affairs Manager reported that expectations for...

Red kiwifruit about to arrive on supermarket shelves – briefly

[14 March/Stuff NZ] Zespri is about to release 30,000 trays of the Zespri Red variety, grown on New Zealand orchards.  The red variety will be sold during a limited release in the next five weeks and is selling for around $7 per kg. The red fruit has a sweet taste similar to the SunGold variety...

Zespri eyes North America for kiwifruit orchards as Sungold sales take off

[2 December/NZ Herald] Global kiwifruit marketer, Zespri, is looking at opportunities to grow kiwifruit in North America as consumer demand there soars for its Sungold variety. Chief Executive, Dan Mathieson, said Sungold sales jumped 32 per cent this year with 4.7 million trays sold compared to 3.3 million last year, while the sales of green...

Zespri takes top honours among stellar cast

[22 November/NZ Herald] Zespri has taken out top honours as Company of the Year in the 2018 Top 200 Awards. Having obtained Most Improved Performance and Best Growth Strategy in previous years, this year the judges recognised that its superb returns represent the culmination of its long-term premium brand-led strategy. Peter McBride, the Zespri Chairman,...

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....