It also marked the first season the Zespri exported more SunGold than green. He also confirmed that planning was already underway for the start of next season’s New Zealand crop, with the first vessel expected to export the new season’s fruit in March 2020. Fruitnet Media International and the World Citrus Organisation have joined forces to organise the first ever Global Citrus Congress Live, a virtual event bringing together leading players from the global citrus industry to identify and develop strategies to meet growing global demand. Zespri just announced the 2018/2019 season returned more than $3 billion with 167.2 million trays of kiwifruit picked, packed and sold. "We always look forward to the start of harvest - and this year, we're expecting a fantastic crop of great-tasting fruit to provide to Zespri consumers around the world," he said. Fruitnet Live organises the world’s leading fresh produce conference and networking events. “This was a significant milestone for the industry. The final shipment of around 70 tonnes of kiwifruit was loaded onto APL Denver in the last week of November and … The 2019 kiwifruit harvest has officially kicked off with the first of an estimated industry-wide 150 million trays picked and packed in Gisborne. Asiafruit is the leading international magazine for fresh fruit and vegetable marketing and distribution in Asia. Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson says it’s been another strong year for Zespri and the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, with strong growth forecast again this year. For fresh fruit and vegetable marketing and distribution in Asia, Korea’s Christmas gift to Thailand, San Miguel kicks off Peruvian grape harvest, EU fruit and veg producers back Farm to Fork, Chile unveils inaugural cherry promotion in Vietnam. ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA is the only annual international trade exhibition for fresh fruit and vegetable marketing in Asia which focuses exclusively on the fresh produce sector and related value chain for the whole Asian region. Americafruit is the news and information service for fresh produce buyers in North America. With the last of New Zealand's successful 2019 kiwifruit crop shipped, the industry is celebrating another bumper season. The world's premier international fresh fruit and vegetable exhibition with 2,884 exhibitors and 70,000 visitors. 21-22 September 2020, Düsseldorf, Germany. Asiafruit Congress is an unmissable event - get the best access to market insights and opportunities in Asia. WATCH: Rural Exchange recently spoke to Nikki Johnson from NZ Kiwifruit Growers about a new worker recruitment campaign. A major recruitment campaign was launched recently for workers for this year's harvest. Credits: Supplied. The right choice for top executives in Asia's fresh produce business. Produce Plus is the leading magazine for fresh produce marketing in Australia and New Zealand. We'll soon know if it's had an impact, when the major picking starts, and we'll be doing contingency planning if we do have an issue in a month's time.". With that crop harvested and being packed we’re forecasting a total of just over 19m trays through our partnerships with growers in Italy, France, Japan, Korea and Greece driving strong returns to those communities,” Hamill explained. Ms Johnson said it was not clear yet if there will be a labour shortage in the sector, a risk the NZKGI had sought to proactively mitigate through a programme of outreach and promotion to potential labour sources over the first quarter of 2019. Chief executive officer Hamish Simson said the company was expecting the season to start earlier than usual. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) chief executive officer Nikki Johnson said Poverty Bay leads the charge because the crop matures more quickly there than the rest of the country. © Market Intelligence Ltd - 2020, 132 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LB, United Kingdom, Registration No. “As we come to the end of the sales programme for New Zealand fruit we’re transitioning to Northern Hemisphere production. "We've already packed fruit at our Edgecumbe and Opotiki sites and expect our other four sites to be in full swing by next week," he said. Blair Hamill, chief global supply officer of Zespri, said 147m trays of kiwifruit were shipped offshore this season to more than 50 countries, with record numbers of consumers creating unprecedented levels of demand. EastPack Ltd was among a number of growers picking early fruit this year. The last of New Zealand’s successful 2019 kiwifruit crop has been shipped, with four containers of Zespri Green leaving Tauranga for North Asia, unloading in Hong Kong and Taiwan. While the number of containers shipped was slightly down on the previous record year, the 2019 season was still the second-largest crop ever harvested by New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) Chief Executive Officer Nikki Johnson says “It’s great to see picking commence in these areas. “We’re very pleased with the progress made in the 2018/19 season but as always we’re focused on doing better, delivering the world’s best kiwifruit to consumers and creating more value for our growers, and all of our partners. The final shipment of around 70 tonnes of kiwifruit was loaded onto APL Denver in the last week of November and is expected to reach the first port in 15 days. The annual conference event of choice for the international berry business. "Over March, orchards in the Bay of Plenty, Northland, Counties-Manukau, Waikato, Hawke's Bay, the lower North Island and Tasman will follow suit - it's going to be a bumper crop," she said. Eurofruit is Europe's leading source of fresh produce news and analysis. Thursday 28th November 2019, 13:06 Hong Kong. Get the best insights from our market analysts at Asiafruit as well as the biggest fresh produce buyers in China, and global suppliers who’ve grown their business with China over the last 20 years. Kiwifruit growers are headed for a bumper crop, with more than 600,000 pallets of the fruit expected to be shipped offshore this season. The number-one conference event bringing together industry leaders from the length and breadth of the UK fresh produce industry to network, discuss and analyse the key issues facing the trade. “Owned by Zespri it’s generating strong returns to New Zealand communities and to our licensed growers offshore and we’re excited about the international demand for it.”. That's up 21 per cent on last season. “We’ve also received feedback from the markets that the fruit is one of our best-ever tasting crops.”. Zespri SunGold was developed through Zespri’s partnership with Plant and Food Research, after many years of research and significant investment by New Zealand growers,” noted Hamill. The 2019 kiwifruit harvest has officially kicked off with the first of an estimated industry-wide 150 million trays picked and packed in Gisborne. DOGK is a one-day event with presentations in the plenary and parallel forums to all important and current topics and issues throughout the supply chain. Copyright © 2020 MediaWorks TV - All Rights Reserved, By subscribing you agree to our Terms of Access and Privacy Policy. would like to place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better. Zespri Chief Grower & Alliances Officer Dave Courtney said the first fruit picking is an exciting time for the industry. Hamill said that amidst another busy season, it was great to see fruit arriving in Europe and China earlier in the season than the previous year, helping to meet demand. To find out more about the cookies, see our privacy policy. The last of Zespri’s 2019 New Zealand kiwifruit crop has been shipped, with four containers of Zespri Green leaving Tauranga bound for Hong Kong and Taiwan. "We've gone all-out to tell our potential workers about the roles, pay and other important information  and dispel some of the myths about the work. Fresh Produce Journal is Britain's favourite fresh produce industry magazine since 1895. In total, over 74m trays of Zespri’s SunGold and 73m trays of green kiwifruit were supplied to global consumers and customers from New Zealand this season. Ms Johnson says the industry will require around 18,000 workers through the harvest period, with the recruitment campaign targeting kiwis including student and retirees and backpackers. The last fruit is picked in June. “Our premium Zespri SunGold and green kiwifruit are more popular than ever, and over the course of the season we’ve moved 44 full charter shiploads and 17,160 containers, or more than 500,000 tonnes in total, to our markets,” Hamill said. The first large volumes of Gold kiwifruit for 2019 have begun to be harvested in the Western Bay of Plenty today, with picking commencing in the Te Puke and Whakamarama regions. The first run of kiwifruit is predominantly the gold variety, with the green kiwifruit harvest coming into full force in late March. 1142 312. “The 2019 season saw our kiwifruit mature earlier meaning we could ship our kiwifruit to consumers earlier in the year and get the season started with a lot of momentum, delivering for consumers around the world,” he added. Attracts almost 600 of the world's top berry players. The last of Zespri’s 2019 New Zealand kiwifruit crop has been shipped, with four containers of Zespri Green leaving Tauranga bound for Hong Kong and Taiwan..