Ideal pre-season conditions and growing markets are buoying JR's Orchards (JR's) pear and apple exports, against challenges of the global pandemic and geo-political tensions in Europe.
A recent global report says the outlook for the NZ kiwifruit sector remains strong due to expanding kiwifruit consumption in Asia, the EU and the US.
Global fruit production has not only perservered in the face of a worldwide health crisis, it has also continued to adapt in response to the evolving landscape.
Gold kiwifruit continues to dominate fruit exports in an otherwise challenging market, according to recent Stats NZ figures.
That old saying about peanuts and monkeys may be turned on its head in Northland, where a government-backed project has proven that the crop can be grown successfully in the region.
Apple company Rockit (RGL) is expanding into Gisborne, planting 20 hectares of its miniature apple variety and creating at least 20 jobs.
Italian kiwifruit packhouses' experience in dealing with COVID-19 has helped New Zealand to fast-track innovation in its own packhouses to deal with stringent new safety regulations.
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says some key markets will soon be able to enjoy red kiwifruit following a recent decision by its board to commercialise a red variety for New Zealand growers.