Illegal kiwifruit transfer to the Hawke’s Bay
July 24th, 2013

Illegal kiwifruit transfer to the Hawke’s Bay

A grower has illegally moved kiwifruit plant material from the Bay of Plenty to the Hawke’s Bay, increasing the risk of Psa infection of Hawke’s Bay kiwifruit orchards, which is a breech of biosecurity regulations.

No
Zespri the latest to keep truth hidden
May 23rd, 2013

Zespri the latest to keep truth hidden

Zespri has been accused by kiwifruit farmers of keeping its problems with fraud in China secret. In spite of being informed by Customs in February 2011 that China was investigating the company for double invoicing and faced heavy fines, growers were not fully informed of the case until January 2013.

No
Drought and disease decimate kiwifruit
May 16th, 2013

Drought and disease decimate kiwifruit

With harvest well under way, the 2013 kiwifruit crop is looking to be even worse than anticipated with the effects of the drought adding to those of the Psa-V infection. At the half-way stage of harvest, the total crop is expected to be less than 80 million trays, 20% down on predictions for the season of more than 100 million. Gold yields are down on last season by more than 50%.

No
Zespri back in the dock over fraud in China
May 14th, 2013

Zespri back in the dock over fraud in China

The Chinese national convicted of tax fraud and smuggling of New Zealand brown kiwifruit in China is appealing his conviction, claiming Zespri are the real culprits.

No
PSA guts gold kiwifruit exports
May 10th, 2013

PSA guts gold kiwifruit exports

The results of the PSAv infection of New Zealand’s kiwifruit orchards hit home this week with the announcement that exports of gold kiwifruit will be down 57% (17 million trays) this year. The long term impact is greater however, with plans by Zespri to double the volume of kiwifruit exports and treble export returns by 2025 now sunk.

No
Kiwifruit disease costs company $19 million
May 7th, 2013

Kiwifruit disease costs company $19 million

The vine disease PSAv has cost Bay of Plenty company, Eastpack $19 million. The company reports its revenue dropped from more than $80 million in 2011 to less than $68 million in 2012, as a direct consequence of reduced crops due to PSAv.

No
Contaminated kiwifruit problem could get bigger
April 16th, 2013

Contaminated kiwifruit problem could get bigger

The incidence of contamination of organic kiwifruit crops through use of Citrox BioAlexin could increase as not all possible orchard users have yet been surveyed, according to Zespri. The company’s general manager of science and innovation, Dave Tanner says that less than half those who have used the spray have been affected and, with some still to submit their spray logs, he expects more cases to emerge.

No
New Zealand holds onto number two spot in kiwifruit trade
March 6th, 2013

New Zealand holds onto number two spot in kiwifruit trade

Newly released data shows that Italy is firmly established as the world’s largest kiwifruit grower, its 430,000 tonne production representing 30% of the global total. New Zealand’s 365,000 tonnes puts it in second spot with 25% of the total, just ahead of Chile’s 238,000 tonnes (16%).

No
Zespri predicts smaller 2012 kiwi crop
January 27th, 2012

Zespri predicts smaller 2012 kiwi crop

Psa-V will have a detrimental effect on the size of this year’s kiwifruit harvest, according to the first crop estimate of the year from Zespri.

No
Turners and Growers drop Zespri action
October 19th, 2011

Turners and Growers drop Zespri action

Turners and Growers (T&G) has said it will cease further action against kiwifruit marketer Zespri, once the current appeal against last year’s High Court decision is concluded.

No
Is the gold rush over?
October 5th, 2011

Is the gold rush over?

Fears are growing amongst kiwifruit producers that the future of the gold variety may be limited.

No
First job casualties of kiwifruit disease
September 27th, 2011

First job casualties of kiwifruit disease

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries has said it will be cutting jobs next season because of the lower expected crop due to Psa-V infection of its Bay of Plenty orchards. The company has made a voluntary redundancy offer to staff as a first step.

No