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10 July 2018

Building relationships within the food industry

The conference and exhibition season is now well underway and in the last few weeks EQM has attended the Summerfuit conference in Napier and the National Horticulture Field Day in Hastings.

The Summerfruit conference was an excellent event and we learnt a lot about what is going on within the summerfruit sector.

It was timely that we had two UNITEC representatives on our exhibition stand as there was a lot of talk about the growth of cherry plantings – both in Central Otago and Hawke’s Bay.

Since 2015 cherry production has grown from 3.4 million (3500 tonnes) kilograms to 5 million (5000 tonnes) in 2017 and this is expected to continue to grow.

“We talked about simple packing lines and conveyor systems that can get new growers started and make facilities more efficient as they scale up production.

“We were also able to talk to them about new specialised equipment for summerfruit such as crate and, bin tipping equipment and right through to full turnkey defect sorting solutions.

“What was also hugely beneficial was getting to talk to the key players within the sector and get ‘in the know’ with what trends are happening in the markets they are selling their premium produce into.

Overall Summerfuit NZ’s goal is to increase the value of the summerfruit industry four-fold by 2035. The increased production of this will demand greater productivity so we expect plenty of scope for EQM to introduce more of the latest technology, turnkey solutions and packing line equipment.

At the end of this month; 23rd – 25th July, we will be heading south to Christchurch for the Horticulture New Zealand conference at Airforce Muesum of New Zealand. This is great preparation for the next big tradeshow event of the year – Foodtech Packtech in Auckland on September 18-20.

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