Cultivation on both hemispheres allows their kiwis, both the Zespri Green™ and the Zespri™ Sungold™, to be available at any time of the year
However, one of the elements that mark the difference is that on all their plantations they follow some very strict quality guidelines, ensuring that their kiwis always meet certain outstanding standards.
These guidelines form part of the so-called Zespri™ System, a quality assurance system that is exclusive to Zespri, which regulates each phase, from the land and the growing process, to the arrival at the distribution point, ensuring that consumers know that what they are buying is healthy, safe, grown sustainably, with impeccable quality and a high nutritional standard.
A 12-stage system
1. Choosing the right place for growing kiwis, both due to the weather conditions and to the soil quality and protection of the plants. 2. Very carefully managing the plantation. Kiwis are fruit that grow plentifully and must be pruned regularly to ensure that they have enough room. 3. Keeping the soil healthy, making sure that the grass grows to a suitable height to control the appearance of fungi that are harmful to the plants. 4. Feeding the soil with wood chips to ensure that no nutrient is wasted. 5. Making a responsible use of water, using irrigation systems developed to distribute the correct amount of water to each plant. 6. Using few or no herbicides or pesticides, giving priority to natural ones, when necessary. 7. External monitoring. The fruit in the plantations are analysed individually before harvesting to ensure that they meet Zespri’s™ standards. 8. Achieving suitable ripening to guarantee the correct flavour and shelf-life. 9. Nature-friendly storage until they are launched onto the market. 10. Environmentally-friendly packaging. 100% recyclable containers using water-based, non-toxic inks. 11. Conservation of the kiwis with an ideal cooling process to ensure that they reach consumers in perfect conditions. 12. Traceability of each box of kiwis with information regarding origin, cultivation and different dispatch details.
This system ensures that Zespri™ is presented as a benchmark in terms of qualit