23 Apr 2010

New kiwfruit coolstore opens in Northland

12:49 pm on 23 April 2010

A new coolstore has opened in Northland for the first commercial crop of a new kiwifruit variety, ENZAGold.

Turners & Growers has completed the $4 million coolstore and drystore facility in Kerikeri, at the site of an existing pack house and orchard operation.

The plant features the latest in refrigeration technology designed to keep fruit at a higher humidity so they leave the country in a better condition.

It follows the first commercial harvest of the ENZAGold kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty.

Turners & Growers says the first crop, from just under two hectares, is expected to yield 60 bins of fruit this season.

However, chairman Tony Gibbs says more vines have been converted to ENZA gold. Production should exceed 100,000 trays next season, rising to 400,000 in 2012.

ENZAGold is a different fruit from the gold variety that Zespri markets.