Summerfruit NZ’s new chief executive Kate Hellstrom says labour issues will be the key focus for her during the coming 12 months.

Labour issues will be the key focus for Summerfruit NZ's new chief executive Kate Hellstrom during the coming 12 months.

 
Former Summerfruit NZ chair Tim Jones says attracting young people to make a career in horticulture has proven difficult.

Summerfruit NZ's immediate past president Tim Jones says the sector needs to own up to the fact that it's built businesses based on migrant labour.

Biobees Mike Sim says almost every fresh tomato bought in the supermarket had been pollinated by a bumble bee.

The life of a bumble bee may be relatively short in comparison to a honey bee, but its contribution to the horticultural industry is huge.

Zespri chief executive Dan Mathieson.

Zespri chief executive Dan Mathieson says unless the kiwifruit industry gets more people to work in the sector, it may have to look at slowing down its speed of growth.

Zespri has marked a record season.

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri has reported a record 2020-21 season, with bumper tray returns across all categories.

T&G Fresh says it has started harvesting the first of this season's satsuma mandarins.

New Zealand's largest citrus grower, T&G Fresh, says it is underway with harvesting the first of this season's satsuma mandarins.

Eastpack Limited, the country's largest grower-owned post-harvest kiwifruit supplier announced a net profit after tax of $12.9 million for the year - up from $4.7 million in 2019.

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A family business growing blueberries for more than 40 years is taking its health food offering to the next level.

A team of 45 office-based staff from T&G – known as the ‘Envy Army’ – have been working part-time shifts at the company’s Hawke’s Bay packhouses to ensure its apples get to key global markets.

Horticultural exporters, growers, food companies and industry leaders are demanding that the Government develops a plan to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return later this year.

Much of New Zealand’s best vegetable growing soils are being eaten away by housing and lifestyle blocks, which will increase people’s food bills, a new report warns.

Pic's Peanut Butter has kicked off a project to look at the feasibility of growing peanuts commercially in Northland.

Kiwifruit is just too valuable not to be picked and despite the challenges of labour and weather, it will be picked.

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