HORTICULTURE ARCHIVES

China boosts Zespri’s online sales

Chinese consumers have taken to online food ordering with a vengeance, and Zespri says there is no sign that it is going to slow any time soon.

McCain embraces regen ag

Global food company McCain is reimagining the way to grow a potato that is beneficial to the planet and by 2030, will use only regeneratively farmed potatoes.

Come the end of this decade, every potato that becomes McCain superfries, bistro fries, potato patties, tasti taters, smiles or home fries, will be from a farm using regenerative agricultural practices.

Hort hit by ongoing shipping delays

Shipping issues that plagued exporters over summer appear to have worsened for the horticulture season.

Port congestion, vessels bypassing New Zealand ports or NZ all together as they try to recover schedules, and a shortage of containers, especially reefer, are now creating difficulties for fruit and vegetable exporters.

Apples & Pears boss stepping down

New Zealand Apples & Pears Inc (NZAPI) chief executive Alan Pollard is stepping down from the role later this year.

Pollard has overseen significant growth in the industry during his nine years at the helm.

Rockit unveils new facility

Rockit Global Limited has unveiled its brand new facility – gifted the name Te Ipu by local iwi Ngāti Kahungunu – giving the board, shareholders, business partners and dignitaries a first look at the technological innovation within its walls.

Tough season despite positive profits for Zespri

Strong returns to kiwifruit growers from Zespri’s marketing efforts disguise major logistic and resource challenges the industry has faced in the past year, and continues to face well into the new season.

Zespri reports bumper season

Zespri has announced a record production and revenue season for 2020-21 in its financial results with fruit sales revenue surging to $3.58 million, up 14% on the previous year. 

Large Northland berry farm takes shape

Award-winning horticultural and hydroponic entrepreneurs Maungatapere Berries, run by the Malley family, is under way with the first stage of tunnel houses covering 10ha for berryfruit production near Kaikohe in the Mid-North.

Golden glow in Zespri licence round

Intending Zespri SunGold kiwifruit growers have proven they are prepared to stump up over half a million dollars a hectare to secure a licence to grow the high-value fruit.