Around 60 people joined T&G at The Ly Club including importers, retailers and wholesale market customers, starting with a training session on fruit handling and quality control, followed by a New Zealand themed barbeque.
The event was hosted by T&G Global’s regional manager South East Asia, Victor Anderson who was joined by local representative Vu Ho, with support from the T&G network led by T&G New Zealand’s pipfruit general manager Bruce Beaton and global quality manager Duncan Park.
“Vietnam has exceeded our expectations in volume for our Jazz and Envy apples, with table grapes and berries also performing well. Having our team on the ground in Vietnam and South East Asia being has proved invaluable in developing the market for the future,” says Anderson.
T&G began operating as a small fruit auctioneer in New Zealand in 1897 and is now an international, vertically integrated grower, picker, packer, shipper, trader and marketer of fruit and vegetables including Jazz, Envy and Pacific Rose apples.
Beaton said reaching 120 years is an exciting milestone and he and his colleagues were delighted to be to mark the occasion in Vietnam where refreshed Jazz branding was also shared with guests.
“It’s exciting to be celebrating the start of our 120th year in business with our partners in Vietnam given the hugely important role this market is playing in our ongoing success. Our refreshed Jazz branding is currently being rolled out globally as new season apples make their way into market. The feedback we have had so far has been very positive and we’re excited about our future in Vietnam, and our other key markets.”
T&G is constantly striving to supply its global customers with year-round freshness through sustainable growing practices. “Envy is also selling well in Thailand and China and global production is expected to grow significantly over the next eight years to keep up with the growing demand for this premium apple,” Beaton added.