10 Dec 2009

US cranberry company to help NZ industry

6:41 am on 10 December 2009

The cranberry industry is to get advice from the biggest cranberry co-operative in the United States, Ocean Spray.

Almost three tonnes of fruit was harvested from an eight-hectare plot on the West Coast of the South Island last year. The cranberries were all sold fresh.

Cranberry New Zealand chair Bill Lee says a specialist from Ocean Spray in Oregon State is to visit to advise on establishing a nursery on the farm so the operation can expand from fresh produce to processed juice as well.

Mr Lee says growing conditions on the West Coast are ideal for cranberries, which need acidic soil and lots of rain.