Monthly Archives: February 2016

NZ fruit companies on a roll this reporting season

After Scales Corp (NZX: SCL) kicked off, T&G Global (NZX: TUR) and Seeka Kiwifruit Industries (NZX: SEK) have also put in solid profit performances for 2015. On friday, T&G announced its operating profit was up 52% for the year at NZ$30.2 million – thanks in large part to its pipfruit division – while kiwifruit orchard recovery and… Read more »

NZ’s apple industry on its way to $1 billion target

New Zealand’s apple industry has come a long way since it was deregulated in 2001, with around 90 exporters working in the country today. In the 2015 season, apple exports reached a record $630 million and this year Pipfruit NZ expects exports to reach 19.5 million cartons, with returns exceeding $700 million. If it’s achieved,… Read more »

Australian avocado prices soar as supply goes pear-shaped

While prices for most Australian commodities are bumping along the floor, local avocados are fetching a king’s ransom thanks to hostile weather, strict quarantine laws and a Christmas binge. Outside South and Central America, where the fruit is native, Australia has the highest per-capita consumption in the world, at an annual 3.2 kilograms (kg), or… Read more »

China rice import stalemate over biosecurity protocols

THE peak body for rice growers has called for bio security protocols with China to be signed, to give Australian growers access to the lucrative market. Rice growers Association of Australia executive director Andrew Bomm said a lack of bio security protocols meant exporting rice to China was at a stalemate. Bio security protocols are… Read more »

New Zealand reaches record sales of fruit and vegetables +18%

The New Zealand export of fresh fruit and vegetables has grown considerably in 2015 compared to the previous year. This is shown in figures from Fruit and Vegetables Facts. In total New Zealand was able to sell 1.27 million tonnes of fresh fruits and vegetables abroad in the last year. This was a record with… Read more »

Australian potatoes temporarily back on the menu in drought-stricken Papua New Guinea

Australian vegetable grower body AUSVEG has applauded the decision of the Papua New Guinean Government to temporarily lift the ban on the import of selected Australian fruits and vegetables for three months. In August last year, the Papua New Guinea National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) prohibited the importation of many levied vegetables including… Read more »

Perth wholesale market sold to horticulture industry for $135.5 million

PERTH’S wholesale fruit and vegetable market has been sold to the horticulture industry-based consortium Perth Markets Limited. In what has been a major cornerstone investment, West Australian Treasurer Mike Nahan announced on Friday that Perth Markets – an industry consortium led by the Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries in WA – would purchase the… Read more »

New Canberra air-links to boost farm exports

SOUTHERN NSW farmers will have a more direct link to booming export markets in Asia with Canberra airport now opening its doors to international cargoes. An announcement in January opened the door to Canberra International Airport commencing flights to Singapore and Wellington in September, via Singapore Airlines. Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will… Read more »

Vegetables best for beating the blues

A study by a team of researchers at Daedong Hospital in Busan and Seoul National University College of Medicine has revealed that vegetables are best for beating the blues, as a meat-heavy diet means more susceptibility to depression. Researchers classified the diets of 9,717 adults into three categories: Western (meat, fried foods, carbonated drinks, instant noodles… Read more »

Chinese mango mission displays need

MANGOES from Katherine could appear on the plates of Chinese consumers in the near future as part of a bid to boost the profile of Australian-grown fruit in the booming market. Michael Daysh, market development officer with the Territory government’s Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, was part of a delegation that attended the China… Read more »

Moves afoot to form peak grains body

MOVES to consolidate two peak grains industry service groups into an emerging national body are underway. Fairfax Agricultural Media understands the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) is currently holding talks with Wheat Quality Australia (WQA) and Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) on a potential merger. It comes after the AEGIC took over the… Read more »

Farmers blamed for avocado shortage

AVOCADO growers have slammed suggestions of an avocado conspiracy theory that has led to a national shortage of the fruit. Fairfax Media reported International Avocado Society president Antony Allen said farmers threw all their stock onto supermarket shelves in the lead up to Christmas to help them deal with the usual slow January period. He… Read more »

Cheap fruit leaving a sour taste in farmers’ mouths

AS COLES and Woolworths battle it out for their market share and the price of fresh produce gets cheaper and cheaper, consumers are cheering. But if you knew the true value of that piece of fruit, would you pay more? Graeme Butler is a sixth generation farmer who owns Butler Orchards in rural Victoria, that… Read more »