Ki­wifruit har­vest be­gins across globe

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Har­vest­ing of Ze­spri ki­wifruit from north­ern hemi­sphere or­chards is well un­der way, with to­tal vol­umes ex­pected to reach more than 19 mil­lion trays this sea­son.

Ze­spri Chief In­ter­na­tional Pro­duc­tion Of­fi­cer Sheila McCann-Mor­ri­son said the in­creased vol­umes demon­strate the progress be­ing made on Ze­spri’s global sup­ply strat­egy of pro­vid­ing con­sumers with Ze­spri ki­wifruit for year round.

“This year’s north­ern hemi­sphere har­vest is ex­pected to ex­ceed 19.1 mil­lion trays, which is al­most 25 per cent up on the 15.4 mil­lion trays recorded in 2017/18. This in­cludes close to 10.5 mil­lion trays of SunGold com­pared to

6.3 mil­lion trays last year and

8 mil­lion trays of Green ki­wifruit ver­sus 9 last year. Ze­spri is look­ing for­ward to com­plet­ing the New Zealand sea­son by the end of the year while tran­si­tion­ing to sup­ply from our north­ern hemi­sphere lo­ca­tions.

“Growth in our off­shore sup­ply al­lows us to meet in­creas­ing con­sumer de­mand for our pre­mium qual­ity ki­wifruit and en­sure that our brand re­mains top of mind in the three to four months of the year when our New Zealand­grown ki­wifruit is un­avail­able. Ul­ti­mately, this is try­ing to meet the needs of our con­sumers and sup­port sus­tain­able long-term re­turns for our non-New Zealand and New Zealand-grown crop,” McCann-Mor­ri­son said.

Ze­spri has de­vel­oped longterm part­ner­ships with non New Zealand-based grow­ers and sup­pli­ers to pro­vide Ze­spri ki­wifruit in Italy, South Korea, Ja­pan and France. All non New Zealand-grown ki­wifruit must meet Ze­spri’s strin­gent qual­ity stan­dards.

Eu­rope re­mains Ze­spri’s most sig­nif­i­cant source of nonNew Zealand-grown ki­wifruit, with Italy sup­ply­ing more than 90 per cent of to­tal vol­umes and more than 9 mil­lion trays of SunGold.

“In ad­di­tion to ex­pand­ing our pro­duc­tion in key Euro­pean lo­ca­tions, par­tic­u­larly in Italy, we are run­ning tri­als in new grow­ing lo­ca­tions to de­ter­mine whether we can suc­cess­fully diver­sify our sup­ply. We be­lieve this will al­low us to mit­i­gate risks like pests and ad­verse weather events and also bring our sup­ply closer to mar­ket,” she said.

Ze­spri ex­pects to see con­tin­ued growth in Asia and is fo­cus­ing on in­creas­ing sup­ply of SunGold in Ja­pan and South Korea. It is ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial for a 12-month sup­ply pro­gramme in China and has also started pro­duc­tion tri­als in Ore­gon and Cal­i­for­nia in the US.

Ze­spri also shares best prac­tice grow­ing tech­niques, Psa learn­ings and R&D with grower fo­rums in its off­shore pro­duc­tion bases.

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