Seeka sells orchards, ups capacity

Despite the shadow of dry weather last summer limiting Green kiwifruit yields Seeka has still managed to push sales, earnings and profits up.

In its year end announcement Seeka posted revenue growth of 16% to $236.9 million, a 3%  rise in net profit after tax to $6.9m. Earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation were up 4% at $34.5m.

Fresh producers must yell loudly

Fresh fruit and produce companies around the world risk having their long-held and proven health claims stolen by the new arrivals on supermarket shelves, plant-based food products.

Hort leaders learn from Europe

A group of rural executives from New Zealand has just finished a two-week horticultural mission to west Europe.

Bananas go with milk up north

Bananas have a lot going for them as a fruitful and remedial crop in northern regions of the country, Tropical Fruit Growers of New Zealand chairman Hugh Rose says.

Fruit fly response has wound down

A year after the Auckland fruit fly incursion industry leaders are claiming success with one eye on lessons learned for future pest discoveries.

Lucrative spur for NZ cherry exports

Juicy prices are making up for a smaller cherry harvest this season and a summer burst in Central Otago should give an added boost in time for Chinese New Year.

App helps to manage bug attack

With the cost of crop losses this season totalling $1 billion from stink bug invasion Italy is turning to the smartphone as a new weapon against the voracious assault.

Iwi catch the horticulture wave

Planting has begun on a large avocado orchard in Maori ownership near Kaitaia, in the Far North, while debate continues over the sustainability of irrigation to keep that new development and many others in the region alive and productive.