The New Zealand Organic Apple Scene.
organic apple production first began in the early 1990's. More recently
two growers in the Hawke's Bay have given a significant boost to New
Zealand's organic apple production. Growing is well established in this
region, with fertile soils, high sunlight hours and favourable temperatures
providing natural advantages to growers. The cold winters and mild summers
in the Hawke's Bay assist pest and disease management, and make this
region ideal for production of organic fruits.
In addition to the Hawke's Bay, organic production has
begun in Blenheim & Central Otago. Both regions are ideal for organic
growing with Central Otago in particular producing very good Cox &
Red Delicious apples.
the 2001 season, organic apple and pear exports totalled 400,000 cartons.
Current Export varieties: Braeburn, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Fiesta, Gala, Royal Gala, Regal
Gala, Galaxy and Moonlight.
Packing Information: Apples are available in count sizes; 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 135, 150, 165
Nett weight per carton: 18kg
476 cartons per standard 20ft reefer container (palletised). 1176 cartons per high cube
40ft reefer container (palletised).
New varieties are the key to the success of the organic apple industry. Work is now being
conducted to develop varieties that are most suited to organic production. New strains of
Braeburn apples and a range of pear varieties show promise. Work will also continue on
Gala, Royal Gala and Pacific Rose. The key is to develop varieties that are naturally
resistant to pest and disease, yet still maintain high colour, are cosmetically clean and
There is now a good range of organically grown pear
varieties available in New Zealand including Doyenne du Comice, Buerre Bosc, Winter Cole,
Taylors Gold and Packhams. Pears are mainly grown in the Hawkes Bay region of New
Zealand and share the same climate and soil conditions as our apples.
Buerre Bosc, Packhams and Winter Cole Pears are
available in 18kg standard Z pack cartons while Comice and Taylors Gold are packed in the
7.5kg retail trays
The 18kg Z pack pears are available in counts of 60,
70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 135, 162. In the RST's pears are available in counts 20, 22,
25, 28, 32, 35, 39, 42, 47.
The 18kg carton is packed 56 cartons per pallet and
shipped 21 pallets per 40' high cube reefer container. The 7.5kg RST is packed 100 or 110
trays per pallet and shipped 20 pallets per 40'high cube reefer container.
Again, favourable growing conditions resulting in
great taste together with strict quality grade standards has given New Zealand kiwifruit a
reputation second to none. New Zealand is particularly suited to the production of organic
kiwifruit and NZ Organics Ltd is pleased to introduce a new range of organic and spray
free products in its NZ Organics and PURE Brands.
Packtypes & Unit Information
Kiwifruit is available in count sizes 25, 27, 30,
33, 36, 39 & 42.
||5.65 - 5.70 kg per tray
165 units per pallet
||5.65 - 5.70 kg per tray
170 units per pallet
||10 kg per pack
120 units per pallet
Blueberries have been commercially grown in New Zealand since 1980 and
today rank among the worlds best. Produced in the northern hemisphere
off season, NZ Organic blueberries are packed in 12 X 170 gm single
layer trays and are available from November to April. Available by air
New Zealand asparagus is recognised for its great taste, colour and
size. We have organic fresh asparagus available from October through
to January. Packed in 5kg wooden crates, we offer 100g and 120g bunches
with small, medium and large spear sizes available. Available by air
We offer organic fresh persimmons from May to July packed in 4kg single
layer trays. The following count sizes are available: 14, 16, 18, 20,
22, 24 count. Our main variety is Fuyu which has excellent taste/high
brix levels, good colour and very low tannins. Available both by air
and sea shipment.
Grown with our Japanese customers in mind, organic squash is available from January to to
March. Strict quality control, good promotion and reliable supply are the hallmarks of the
New Zealand squash industry.
Still in the early stages of commercial development, our organic avocado's are marketed
mainly in Australia. Packed in 5.5kg single layer trays, organic avocado's are available
in count sizes 16,18,20,23,25and 28 from November to March each year.
Smaller quantities of many other fresh organic products are available in New Zealand and
NZ Organics Ltd would be pleased to discuss your requirements.