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News updates for the fresh produce business in Australia and New Zealand.


Valentina Caamano to add packing capabilities with new facility


Mareeba lime and mango grower receives RED Grant for fruit grading and packing machine 


Robotic arm under development to automate banana de-handing


The A$2m research programme will use computer vision and machine learning to find an automation solution 

QUT Distinguished Professor James Dale with young banana plants in a shadehouse at the QUT field trial site in the Northern Territory

Genetically modified TR4-resistant banana approved for consumption


After 20 years of research QUT readies its QCAV-4 variety for commercial release following Australian government approval 

Woolworths Brad Banducci

Woolworths CEO steps down after 13 years


Amanda Bardwell will take over the role in September  

Zespri SunGold in NZ

Zespri preparing return to strong growth in kiwifruit supply in 2024


Kiwifruit marketer expects to ship 193m trays of New Zealand-grown kiwifruit thanks to improved growing conditions


Newton Valley Orchards owner Michael Giblet

Coles opens applications for next round of Nurture Fund


Businesses can secure support for projects that drive innovation and provide sustainability benefits

MOYA logo 2024

Entries open for MOYA 2024


Australasia’s premier marketing award for the fresh produce and floral industries returns in 2024 as part of the Horticulture Awards for Excellence

Australian table grapes in Indonesia

Indonesia trade resumes after import permits issued


Government issues first horticulture import permits for 2024 after lengthy delay

GEN apples pears

Southern Hemisphere apple exports set to rise


The six leading apple suppliers in the Southern Hemisphere will produce more and export more as a group in 2024, but the story is different for pears

Gareth Edgecombe

T&G Global revises 2023 loss estimate amid insurance “complexities”


New estimate pegs pre-tax losses at between NZ$60m and NZ$67m


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Ben Hoodless new IFPA A-NZ managing director

IFPA leadership programme to focus on innovation


IFPA Produce Executive Program returns for its 22nd year this May 

Pink Lady

Apple & Pear Australia launches new IP development venture Twenty Degrees


Twenty Degrees to specialise in commercial development of branded fresh produce, integrating Apal UK subsidiary Coregeo and managing Apal trademarks including Pink Lady

Bill Montague 1

Bill Montague passes aged 97


Founder of leading Australian fresh produce company remembered for significant contribution to industry

australian Hass Avocados

Report shows Australian horticulture’s mixed fortunes


Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook shows significant increases for fruit and vegetables offset losses for nuts  

Cherry Protective Netting

Australian government announces expansion to Horticultural Netting Program


Eligible growers to receive up to A$150,000 for new netting