The first of T&G Global’s portfolio of premium apples is currently being shipped to consumers and clients in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand. New Zealand is in the midst of its apple harvest season.
Apples are being harvested from trees in Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Nelson, and Central Otago by T&G’s orchard teams and network of associate growers, starting with the early varieties PoppiTM and Royal Gala, then Pacific Queen, and T&G’s premium JAZZTM and EnvyTM brands.
Despite Cyclone Gabrielle having a major effect on parts of the North Island in February, according to Craig Betty, Director of Operations for T&G, there is a great crop of fruit on the trees.
Although some orchards in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne were affected, other orchards in those regions were totally unaffected; the produce we’ve already harvested and shipped to our customers in Asia looks fantastic. We anticipate seeing our premium brands continue to grow in size and colour over the coming weeks as the remainder of our produce is expected to be harvested throughout March and April, says Craig.
“Following a hot summer, we are now noticing some lovely ripening and colour on our JAZZTM and EnvyTM brand apples. The cyclone entirely missed the South Island.
“Apple lovers everywhere will be anticipating the new crop of apples this season, and as with every year, we’re using our extensive horticultural knowledge and meticulous orchard and post-harvest management to create the best apples.
We have something in our portfolio of luxury brands for everyone, whether they’re looking for excellent color, tangy or sweet flavors, a satisfying crunch, or prefer smaller snacking or larger gifting apples, says Craig.
“Our brand-new, cutting-edge automated packhouse in the Hawke’s Bay will shortly be put into service. Being one of the biggest packhouses in the Southern Hemisphere, it will help us further maximise the region’s harvest both now and in the future, ensuring Kiwis and customers in more than 60 different countries can experience our excellent premium apples.