Pukekohe grower wins NZ’s best young vegetable grower

 Scott Wilcox from Pukekohe has emerged victorious against six other entrants to be named New Zealand’s Young Vegetable Grower of 2017. Scott continues AS Wilcox’s winning streak, becoming the third employee in three years to take home the award. The day-long competition in Pukekohe yesterday saw competitors engage in a series of practical and theoretical […]

Predictions for sustainable foods in 2017

Predictions for sustainable foods in 2017

Organic foods The market share of organic foods is expected to approach 7-10 percent in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and neighbouring countries. With growth in organic farmland slowing, supply shortfalls are expected. Eco-labelled foods – Fairtrade will retain its position as the second largest eco-label for food products, however fragmentation will continue: more fair […]

Materials Handling & Logistic Show to run alongside Foodtech Packtech

Materials Handling & Logistic Show to run alongside Foodtech Packtech

With less than 8 weeks to go the countdown has begun for this year’s largest combined trade only industry event – the Materials Handling & Logistics Expo (MHL) running alongside Foodtech Packtech (FTPT). Event organisers, XPO Exhibitions have already confirmed in excess of 200 exhibiting companies across both shows and are expecting thousands of industry […]

Young fruit growers compete to be Hawke’s Bay’s best

Young fruit growers compete to be Hawke’s Bay’s best

Eight young fruit growers from orchards across the Hawke’s Bay are sharpening their secateurs in preparation for next week’s Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year competition. The competitors will battle it out on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July in a series of theoretical, practical and public speaking challenges to take out the title […]

Early autumn a peak period for horticulture injuries

There’s last of the summerfruit to be harvested, Royal Gala picking getting underway, beans, courgettes and peppers bursting out all over the place and everyone’s tired – bringing a heightened risk of accidents in growing operations. Injury rates in the horticulture sector soar during the main growing season and growers are being reminded to keep […]

GIA biosecurity partnership welcomes the citrus industry

GIA biosecurity partnership welcomes the citrus industry

The GIA partnership has welcomed NZ Citrus Growers Inc. (NZCGI) as its newest member. By signing the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Deed for Biosecurity Readiness and Response, NZCGI becomes the ninth member of the growing GIA partnership. The ceremony was attended by the Minister for Primary Industries – Hon Nathan Guy, NZCGI Chair – Richard […]

Perfect Weather Grows Outstanding New Zealand Apples

Perfect Weather Grows Outstanding New Zealand Apples

Four weeks of perfect apple growing weather and New Zealand’s $700 million record crop is looking spectacular – in fruit size, quality and flavour. Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard said New Zealand is growing the best apples in the world. “We are already number one for our international competitive edge and this season […]

First Seasonal Workers Swing into Action in New Zealand Orchards

First Seasonal Workers Swing into Action in New Zealand Orchards

The first seasonal workers have swung into action in New Zealand’s apple orchards, preparing the trees for another bumper crop. Bostock New Zealand has recently welcomed over 200 seasonal workers from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Indonesia as part of the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme. Owner of Bostock New Zealand, John Bostock says […]

Record blossoms set New Zealand up for bumper apple crop

Record blossoms set New Zealand up for bumper apple crop

Hawke’s Bay’s apple orchards are experiencing some of the best blossoms on record setting New Zealand up for a bumper apple crop. Bostock New Zealand Orchard Manager, Fulton Gillies (pictured) says the hot, sunny weather this season has provided the perfect conditions for pollination. “We have been averaging over 20 degrees each day, so the […]

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