ZEAFRUIT IS OPEN
All orchards, packhouses, cool stores, logistics and transport are essential services and will continue to operate under Level 4, but there will be strict rules in place that allow us to continue to do so. Zeafruit has been preparing for weeks to change the way we operate in these challenging times, our priority is to keep food and people safe and the supermarket shelves stocked. For more info see HortNZ https://www.hortnz.co.nz/…/covid-19-update-for-horticulture/
Kia Kaha and stay safe.
Zeafruit is one of New Zealand’s leading fresh produce marketers, combining orchard production, post-harvest facilities and direct sales to customers across New Zealand. We are focused on domestic avocados and citrus and export citrus.
We enjoy strong relationships across New Zealand with both major supermarket chains and operate our own post-harvest packing, ripening and logistics operations, through our shareholding partners: Darling Group and our Gisborne based citrus packhouse Patutahi Horticulture (PHL).
Zeafruit was founded in 2000. Our current model continues the original ideals of providing our supply partners with an efficient and cost effective route to market, maximising orchard gate returns and sustainable long term supply programmes.
“Kohekohe Orchard has supplied citrus to Zeafruit since the very beginning.
We are well looked after and trust Zeafruit to do a great job marketing our fruit.
As our orchard continues to grow we have good support and orchard visits to ensure best outcomes for each crop.”
Image: Kate and Crispin
“Heather and I have owned a 7.3 ha mandarin and orange orchard for the last 26 years. Consisting of 8,500 mandarin and 1,500 orange trees. Twenty years ago we found a sweet and large mandarin (sweeter than any other mandarins on the farm. We sent six budded young trees to Hort NZ Research Kerikeri and they were trialed for six years. The results from the trial came back as a new variety. A new variety in the world and a first time variety being found in New Zealand. We are now trialing a root-stock with different trends. This is its fourth year at trials and another first time in New Zealand.
We have found Zeafruit very good to deal with and so understanding in grower terms. With delivering my own fruit to the packhouse I find friendly and happy staff ready to unload, with a quick turnaround. Being able to speak to the packhouse supervisor is reassuring of how the day to day packing and packouts are going first hand. Zeafruit prouds themselves of packing and marketing a top product (AND WE AGREE).”
Image: Bruce pictured with Alan in the orchard.
Three Kauri Orchard has been citrus and avocado suppliers to Zeafruit for 16 plus years.
“The family atmosphere and their integrity has always been a draw card.
Zeafruit gives their full attention to our harvest with clear guidance on quality, size and colour specifications.
We find the price out sheets are informative and the technical guidelines a must for the running of our business, with the added bonus of Grower and Freight rewards also Fruitfed Crop Monitoring and NZ Gap support.
We will continue to supply Zeafruit as they are the best fit for our business and we really enjoy the one on one contact with their staff.”
HAVE AN ENQUIRY?
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us. You will find the contact details for all personel on our team page. We have a team of qualified staff who will be able to assist you.