New Zealand kiwifruit giant Zespri said Friday [5 August 2016] it has temporarily halted all exports to China, its biggest market, after a fungus was found in two containers during routine checks. Zespri general manager of grower and external relations David Courtney told Radio New Zealand that the fungus had not been found before on New Zealand kiwifruit in China or in any other market, but it had been present on fruit in New Zealand for 20 years…Full Article: Aug 2016

Key Point

  • In April 2016, Zespri announced it would expand its China-based staff from 25 to 90 over the next three years. In addition, the company would look to partner with local producers to cultivate kiwifruit in China.

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  • In April 2016, New Zealand’s kiwifruit producer, Zespri, has reached an agreement with the provincial government of Shaanxi to promote research and scientific collaboration. Zespri also plans to open offices in Chengdu and Chongqing in order to market its kiwifruit in western China.
  • From 2013 to 2015, China’s kiwifruit production increased from 1.2 million MTs to 1.78 million MTs.
  • In February 2013, New Zealand confirmed that the 2010 outbreak originated from China.
  • In November 2012, approximately 68% (only 26% in 2011) of the country’s kiwifruit orchards were adversely affected by the disease.
  • In November 2010, New Zealand’s North Island kiwifruit orchards began suffering from Psa (bacterial kiwifruit vine disease) outbreaks.
  • In 2008, Zespri’s kiwifruit production exceeded 100 million trays.
  • Since 2008, when China and New Zealand signed bilateral free trade agreement, New Zealand exports to China have tripled from US$1.69 billion to US$5.88 billion (2012).
  • In 1997, New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board established the Zespri brand (headquartered in Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, North Island).

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