Kiwifruit company Eastpack has confirmed a $17.7 million profit for the past year, up 44% on the previous year.
The firm is the second-largest post-harvest kiwifruit operator, packing about 20% of the crop.
Chief executive Tony Hawken says operational improvements and a large increase in its supply base contributed to the profit.
However, he expects a drop in production of 10-12% this year, due to the effects of the kiwifruit disease Psa.
Eastpack will pay growers a rebate of 30 cents a tray for the past year.