Kiwifruit seeks social licence

The term social licence to operate could be discarded as yet another slick marketing phrase but it is the guardrail that will keep New Zealand’s primary sector front and centre of this country’s continuing economic growth. 

Richard Rennie spoke to Kellogg scholar and Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated communications manager Mike Murphy about his research on social licence and the kiwifruit sector.

Berries inspire new local brew

A chance conversation over the fence between a blueberry grower and a brewer prompted the men to combine their talents to create a blueberry beer for summer.

Hail limits summer fruit supply

Some stonefruit will be in short supply this season after a severe hailstorm damaged Hawke’s Bay orchards in October.

Growers told change needed now

Vegetable growers have been told Overseer won’t work for them and farm environment plans are the best way to demonstrate good land management practice.

Bugs hit Zespri crop in Europe

Despite the swirl of biosecurity threats Zespri growers in Europe have managed to deliver similar crop volumes to last year, helping meet the marketers’ 12-month supply needs.

Illegal kiwifruit is growing in China

Zespri has fired a warning shot at Kiwi growers over illegal SunGold kiwifruit plots in China and plans to crack down on increasing volumes of the illegally grown fruit being detected in the fast growing market.

Vote favours levy

Summerfruit growers have voted overwhelmingly to renew their commodity levy.

Summerfruit growers vote on levy

Summerfruit growers are voting on whether to continue industry funding for biosecurity, crop protection and export market access.

Zespri tries to whet US appetite

Research has become a bigger part of Zespri’s marketing mix as it reverts to basics to increase sales in the United States.