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TRACK-AND-TRACE INTELLICRATES address pain points

TRACK-AND-TRACE INTELLICRATES address pain points

Packaging with traceability technology that provides a trail of information throughout the supply chain can help to ensure product safety and improve efficiency – factors of great importance to Australian retailers. But how is the technology being used in the fresh supply chain? Over the past...

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KALETTES

KALETTES

Vanessa flies through life pulling together her love for food and her innate ability at public speaking to host radio shows, guest spot on TV, host a podcast, write and present around food, family and parenting and teach others to cook. Vanessa hosts unique and inspiring...

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FRANKLIN FIGHT NIGHT FIGHT FROM WITHIN

FRANKLIN FIGHT NIGHT FIGHT FROM WITHIN

The 13-strong squad of amateur boxers, led by Pukekohe motivation coach Megan Van Lieshout, took to the boxing ring in August to raise awareness of, and funds, to help combat youth challenges. They hope to help build resilience and equip young people with the skills needed...

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Don't even squeeze them

Don't even squeeze them

In a survey of Australian avocado consumers, 97 percent admitted to squeezing the fruit before buying it. The research shows consumers ‘test’, on average, three times more fruit than they buy.  The findings are from a new study being funded by Hort Innovation and conducted by...

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HYDROPONIC FARMERS FEDERATION CONFERENCE

HYDROPONIC FARMERS FEDERATION CONFERENCE

This year 275 delegates attended, there were 27 trade displays and 107 of the delegates attended the farm tours. The theme for the conference was ‘The Extra 5%’ with the objective to have growers focussed on achieving an extra 5%, whether this be in production...

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REDUCING FOOD WASTE WITH 3D PRINTED VEGS

REDUCING FOOD WASTE WITH 3D PRINTED VEGS

Approximately one-third of all food around the world is wasted – that’s a truly depressing number, and a statistic that needs to turn around fast. Even though the percentage of wasted volumes in total production amounts is low, the number wasted in kilos is not....

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YOUNG GROWER 2018 TITLE GOES BACK TO THE BAY

YOUNG GROWER 2018 TITLE GOES BACK TO THE BAY

Danni, 24, was named the winner after a day-long gauntlet of horticultural challenges, testing her skills and knowledge to the limits. As the regional Bay of Plenty champion, she beat out six other contestants for the title and also secured the national title of Young...

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WINNER OF THE NZ YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR 2018

WINNER OF THE NZ YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR 2018

South Pacific Seeds (SPS) and ENZA together have been proud sponsors of the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year since its inception some 10 years ago. This year for the first time in the competition’s history, there are two winners of the Young Vegetable Grower...

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IMPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR APIACEAE

IMPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR APIACEAE

New requirements for import of seeds of the Apiaceae family including carrot, parsnip, celery, fennel, parsley and chervil were implemented in June last year as a result of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CalSol) being found on a consignment of carrot seed. These new important health standards for...

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BOOMING HORTICULTURE EXPORTS FORECAST TO SOON RISE TO $5.6B

Horticulture is fast becoming agriculture's "fourth engine" and will soon rival the meat industry in export receipts, ASB rural economist Nathan Penny says. The Ministry for Primary Industries, in its latest update, said horticulture's strong growth is forecast to continue, with exports expected to reach...

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AUTOMATO FOCUSES ON SELF-SERVICE TREND

AUTOMATO FOCUSES ON SELF-SERVICE TREND

The Automato has been especially developed for cherry tomatoes, and above all, it’s easy to use. Stoffels: “The Automato is based on the Pick & Mix principle. This means you can decide for yourself how many tomatoes you want, and what colour you want to...

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BRAIN-BOOSTING YELLOW

BRAIN-BOOSTING YELLOW

Research at the University of Illinois has found that children who eat more foods containing a combination of two yellow antioxidant pigments raise their academic potential. The compounds lutein and zeaxanthin are best known for their protective effect against age-related blindness. Top sources of this combination include...

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YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR

YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR

THINKING OF ENTERING THIS YEARS YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR? Young Vegetable Grower is a competition run annually to find the best young fruit or vegetable grower in the country. Winner goes on to compete in the Young Grower competition which is made up of the...

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COLIN AIKEN PLANT BREEDING BURSARY

COLIN AIKEN PLANT BREEDING BURSARY

This year the Colin Aiken Plant Breeding Bursary has been awarded to Duncan McLean. Duncan is an undergraduate from Massey University, currently in his 3rd year of a Bachelor of Science degree after which he intends to complete a masters degree in plant breeding. Duncan’s...

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PUKEKOHE YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER PORTS OF AUCKLAND VISIT

PUKEKOHE YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER PORTS OF AUCKLAND VISIT

In August the meeting of the Pukekohe young vegetable growers saw an early morning field trip to visit the Ports of Auckland, where a fascinating tour and presentation was given to the group by Yvonne Theuerkauf. The port has grown with Auckland city for more than...

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SPS DESK CALENDAR

SPS DESK CALENDAR

SPS desk calendar out now, contact me if you would like your copy. marketing@spsnz.com...

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SPS WALL CALENDAR

SPS WALL CALENDAR

SPS wall planner is out now, contact me if you would like your copy. marketing@spsnz.com...

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YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER 2017

YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER 2017

Congratulations to Scott Wilcox from Pukekohe who was crowned New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2017 at the national competition held in Pukekohe on Thursday 11th May. Scott, (23), works at AS Wilcox & Sons as an assistant in the Carrot Growing Program. Scott also won...

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OUR GROWING PARTNERSHIP WITH THE 5+ A DAY CHARITABLE TRUST

OUR GROWING PARTNERSHIP WITH THE 5+ A DAY CHARITABLE TRUST

SPS has been a member and supporter of United Fresh and the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust for around 15 years. The Trust is committed to increasing the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables for better health. Work is focused on inspiration through education. SPS sponsorship...

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NETHERLANDS BUYS SATELLITE DATA FOR PRECISION FARMING

NETHERLANDS BUYS SATELLITE DATA FOR PRECISION FARMING

The Dutch government is freeing up EUR1.4 million for the purchase of satellite data to improve the sustainability and efficiency of farming. Among other things, the data contains detailed information about the soil, the atmosphere and crop development. Specialised companies can analyse the data to...

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New directors on PMA-ANZ board

New directors on PMA-ANZ board

Nick Fitzpatrick of T&G Global Limited and David Harris of Harris Farm Market were appointed as directors at the annual general meeting held in Auckland in November. The PMA A-NZ board nominated Andrew Francey of One Harvest as the new chair replacing John Said who has...

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New Zealandís Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016

New Zealandís Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016

The winner of the Young Grower of the Year, representing Horticulture New Zealand and now the new Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2016, Andrew Hutchinson competed with five other finalists, all under the age of 30, in the grand final competition held over November 09...

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GreenTech

GreenTech

GreenTech, the exhibition which brings horticultural products and solutions to the growing community, has just concluded in Amsterdam. The exhibition is held every two years and was held over three days; 12, 13, 14th June. This year there were 415 exhibitors from 30 countries. Over the...

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MORE THAN 10% OF KIWIS ARE VEGETARIANS

MORE THAN 10% OF KIWIS ARE VEGETARIANS

Roy Morgan Research has found the proportion of Kiwis who say the food they eat is all, or almost all, vegetarian has grown 27% since 2011. This growth is sharpest among a few key groups: 14-34 year olds, North Islanders and men. More than 10% of...

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NZ YOUNG GROWER FINAL 2016

NZ YOUNG GROWER FINAL 2016

The Young Grower of the Year competition is run by Horticulture New Zealand and is now in its tenth year. During the competition the finalists competed in a series of practical and theoretical challenges to test the skills needed to run a successful horticultural business....

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SPS/ENZA WINTER LETTUCE NURSERY

SPS/ENZA WINTER LETTUCE NURSERY

South Pacific Seeds, along with our suppliers at Enza Zaden, have been assessing our new Winter iceberg range through the extremely variable conditions of early Winter with a series of 30 variety screening trials. Despite early sowings being at the mercy of late warm weather, and...

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TOKITA CELEBRATES 100 years of growth

TOKITA CELEBRATES 100 years of growth

Tokita is celebrating 100 years of doing business as a seed breeder. “Throughout our 100 years of history, we have had no specific strategy other than to breed good seed varieties,” explained Tokita’s CEO, Ike Tokita. “There’s no trick to staying in business for such...

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SEED EXPORTS IN GOOD HEART - NZGSTA

SEED EXPORTS IN GOOD HEART - NZGSTA

Grain and seed exports were worth $173 million to New Zealand in 2015 according to latest trade figures. Seed from NZ commands a premium over that exported by its main competitors - Chile, the United States and Australia - thanks to a reputation for premium quality. NZ...

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STUDY EXPLAINS PLANT RESISTANCE TO WHITEFLY

STUDY EXPLAINS PLANT RESISTANCE TO WHITEFLY

The wild species of tomato deploys two tactics to protect itself against whitefly, new research has found. The first is a mechanism to discourage the pest from settling, the second is a chemical reaction that causes the plant sap to ‘gum up’ the whitefly’s feeding tube. The...

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WINNER OF THE NZ YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR 2016

WINNER OF THE NZ YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR 2016

Congratulations to Andrew Hutchinson from Pukekohe who was crowned New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2016 at the national competition on Thursday 28th April held in Christchurch. Andrew (28), works at AS Wilcox & Sons as a technical advisor for the company’s potato supply team. Lincoln Roper (16),...

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TOZER SEEDS VISIT

TOZER SEEDS VISIT

In late May, Bruno Tigani of Tozer Seeds visited Ohakune with local SPS rep Russell Kidd to view the trials of parsnip Warrior and Viking currently growing. Bruno was pleased with how both hybrid varieties are performing and believes they will become important varieties in...

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The NZ Young Vegetable Grower of the Year

The NZ Young Vegetable Grower of the Year

The NZ Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition will be held in Christchurch on Thursday the 28th of April. Attracting vegetable growers from around the country, the competition is a day long event in which contestants undertake a range of theoretical and practical activities...

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MELON QUARANTINE LIFTED

MELON QUARANTINE LIFTED

The Australian melon industry has welcomed the Norther n Territory government’s decision to lift the quarantine on growers impacted by cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV). Growers are able to plant cucurbits in areas previously quarantined and cucurbits grown in the Northern Territory are able...

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SPINACH MILDEW OUTBREAK

SPINACH MILDEW OUTBREAK

Many growers will be aware there has been a recent outbreak of downy mildew (Peronospora farinosa f. sp. spinaciae) in babyleaf spinach crops in the southern part of New Zealand. While the specific strain has yet to be officially identified it has definitely placed an...

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HFF CONFERENCE

HFF CONFERENCE

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation Executive Committee wishes to extend to you an invitation to attend their forthcoming Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference 2016 and technical exhibition. The conference will be held at the Lorne, Mercure Resort Hotel and Conference Centre in Victoria, Australia from the 8th...

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PMA-ANZ Fresh Connections

PMA-ANZ Fresh Connections

Brisbane will host the 2016 Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand Fresh Connections conference. PMA Fresh Connections will take place from May 17-19th at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Following the success of the re-invigorated three-day format in 2015, organisers are currently putting together another excellent program. ...

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Protected Cropping Australia Conference 2015

Protected Cropping Australia Conference 2015

 Protected Cropping Australia [PCA] held their 13th Biennial Conference on July 5-8th in The Gold Coast, Queensland. The theme for the conference this year was ‘Future Farming’. Presenters from Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands provided delegates with many new ideas and practices which have a...

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YOUNG GROWER TALENT FROM PUKEKOHE WINS NATIONAL TITLE

YOUNG GROWER TALENT FROM PUKEKOHE WINS NATIONAL TITLE

Congratulations to Hamish Gates who was crowned the New Zealand Young Grower of the Year 2015 at the national competition on the 13th of August at the Rydges Latimer in Christchurch. The final phase of the competition saw five regional champions battle it out in a...

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OUTSTANDING NEW SPINACH

OUTSTANDING NEW SPINACH

NIGHTFALL For over five years Black Glove has been the market leader for Winter/early Spring harvest due to its vigour, versatility and reliability – it seems when conditions are at their worst Black Glove is at its best. While Black Glove is still a major variety...

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PREMIUM SALAD ON THE GO

PREMIUM SALAD ON THE GO

A small company in Chicago has launched a new salad vending machine aimed at providing fresh, healthy salads to consumers on the go. The Farmer’s Fridge vending machine offers a 17-strong range of premium salads (from US$7.99) with add-on proteins (US$2.00-$4.00), healthy breakfasts and snack...

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NZ YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER WINNER

NZ YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER WINNER

Congratulations to Hamish Gates who was crowned the New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2015 at the national competition on Thursday 16th April held in Pukekohe. Hamish (24) works at AS Wilcox & Sons in Pukekohe as the carrot washline supervisor.  We would also like to congratulate...

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SPS FIELD DAY

SPS FIELD DAY

South Pacific Seeds are pleased to announce the date of their annual field day. There will be over 120 plots with a presentation of iceberg, Eazyleaf, specialty lettuce, spinach, herb and mesclun lines.   APRIL 30TH Enza Zaden Research Station  (Settlement Road, Puni)  In addition, there will be a presentation...

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NZ YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER COMPETITION

NZ YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER COMPETITION

The vegetable sector holds one national competition attracting vegetable contestants from around the country to compete for the title of Young Vegetable Grower of the Year. The competition is being held on Thursday the 16th of April in Pukekohe and as a long standing sponsor...

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PCA SAVE THE DATE

PCA SAVE THE DATE

Protected Cropping Australia’s 13th biennial conference will be held over the 5-8th of July 2015 in the Gold Coast of Australia with the topic ”Future Farming”. For more information visit: www.pca2015.org...

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NEW TECHNOLOGY

NEW TECHNOLOGY

Global electronics firm Toshiba is growing vegetables at its Clean Room Farm Yokosuka, a plant factory in Yokosuka, Japan. The closed-type plant factory employs technology to raise crops and operates under almost aseptic conditions. Toshiba aims for an annual output of three million bags of...

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CUCURBIT SEED IMPORTS

CUCURBIT SEED IMPORTS

The Australian Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries have confirmed the presence of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) as a result of investigations into infected watermelon crops in the Northern Territory. Since the initial outbreak the virus has since been detected in a pumpkin...

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CHRISTMAS CLOSURE

CHRISTMAS CLOSURE

South Pacific Seeds will be closed over the Christmas period from 5pm Wednesday 24th of December until 8:30am Monday 5th of January. We apologise for any inconvenience this may create for our customers. Please make sure you place your seed orders in advance to ensure...

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GREENHOUSE COURSE

GREENHOUSE COURSE

On November  3rd South Pacific Seeds was invaded by a number of keen hydroponic growers, agronomists and sales reps all keen to extend their knowledge on hydroponic production. South Pacific Seeds was lucky enough to host Graeme Smith and Rick Donnan from gotafe Australia.  Graham and...

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2015 CALENDARS

2015 CALENDARS

Our 2015 DESK CALENDARS and 2015 WALL PLANNERS is now available. If you would like a copy please call our office on 0800 77 22 43 and request for them to be sent. There are very limited numbers available.  ...

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YOUNG GROWER OCTOBER VISIT

YOUNG GROWER OCTOBER VISIT

The most recent gathering of the Pukekohe Young Growers group was at the Enza Research Station in Puni and focused on the processes involved in onion breeding. Herman van der Gulik (Australasia Area Sales Manager) gave a brief history of Enza Zaden and how the...

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CONGRATULATIONS

CONGRATULATIONS

We congratulate Charlotte and Rob Connoley on the arrival of their baby boy, Mack Connoley born on the 20th of September. ...

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Pukekohe Young Growers Group

Pukekohe Young Growers Group

The most recent meeting of the Pukekohe Young Growers saw a visit into the Foodstuffs’ produce distribution centre in Mangere for a presentation by Grant Robinson and Eddie Prendergast, both Business Managers for Produce in Auckland, followed by a tour through the facility. With twenty-six...

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NEW 2014 PRICE LIST & 2014-2015 CATALOGUE

NEW 2014 PRICE LIST & 2014-2015 CATALOGUE

Our new biennial catalogue and annual price list were mailed out to our customers in July. If you have not received this or would like to request additional copies please call our office on 0800 77 22 43 and request for them to be sent....

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2014 LETTUCE & SPINACH FIELD DAY

2014 LETTUCE & SPINACH FIELD DAY

The opening of the new Enza Zaden Research Station in Pukekohe provided an ideal opportunity for South Pacific Seeds to showcase their salad material to local growers. Of particular significance was the inclusion of early breeding material from our partners Enza Zaden. The standout material...

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YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR WINNER

YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER OF THE YEAR WINNER

Congratulations to Brett Parker who was crowned the New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2014, beating six other competitors at the national competition on Thursday 10th April held in Pukekohe. Brett (26) works at Hinemoa Quality Producers in Pukekawa as an Assistant Crop Manager. Brett will...

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SPS OPENING & SEED INNOVATIONS LAUNCH

SPS OPENING & SEED INNOVATIONS LAUNCH

The opening of our new facility and launch of our new Seed Treatment division, “Seed Innovations,” was held on the 11th of April and was attended by local MP Dr Paul Hutchison, growers and industry representatives.   ...

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SWEET CORN AND MELON TRIALS

SWEET CORN AND MELON TRIALS

Summer is well and truly here and the warm weather is doing its job with our sweet corn and melon trials close to maturity. Over the next couple of weeks we will be making our assessments on all new sweet corn and melon varieties that...

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CONGRATULATIONS

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Charlotte Connoley (nee Meehan) on her marriage to husband Rob Connoley. The couple got married on the 4th of January in a ceremony held in Wanaka....

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NEW APPOINTMENT

NEW APPOINTMENT

We would like to congratulate Charlotte Connoley (nee Meehan) for her new appointment to the board of South Pacific Seeds Sales (NZ) Ltd. In addition to this appointment Charlotte was nominated and then duly elected onto the board of the Produce Marketing Association – Australia...

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2014 DESK CALENDER

2014 DESK CALENDER

Our 2014 DESK CALENDER is now available. If you would like a copy please call our office on 0800 77 22 43 and request for them to be sent. There are very limited numbers available. ...

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SUMMER 2013 MAGAZINE AVAILABLE

SUMMER 2013 MAGAZINE AVAILABLE

Our Summer 2013 Dirt to Dish and Wai to Kai are now available. If you have not received or require extra copies please call our office on 0800 77 22 43 or email sales@spsnz.com and request for them to be sent....

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS

May your holiday season and the new year be filled with much happiness and success. We look forward to working with you in the coming year and hope our business relationship continues for many years to come. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday, from the team...

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WE HAVE MOVED!

WE HAVE MOVED!

You can now find us at 12 Alpito Place, Pukekohe, please come in for a visit.  ...

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NEW MAGAZINE & WALL PLANNER

NEW MAGAZINE & WALL PLANNER

Our Spring Dirt to Dish and Wai to Kai are now available, along with our 2014 wall planner. If you have not received or require extra copies of the magazine or wall planner please call our office on 0800 77 22 43 or email sales@spsnz.com and request for...

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NEW PRICE LIST

NEW PRICE LIST

Our new 2013-2014 Price List are now available. Should you require copies please call our office 0800 77 22 43 or email sales@spsnz.com and request for them to be sent. ...

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RELOCATABLE PANEL COOLSTORE FOR SALE

RELOCATABLE PANEL COOLSTORE FOR SALE

We have for sale a coolstore that is surplus to our requirements. Constructed of refrigeration panel with an area of 12.3m x 9.6m by 41.m height when assembled. The coolstore comes complete with refrigeration unit sliding door and plastic curtains. Present an offer to Geoff on...

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YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER WINNER

YOUNG VEGETABLE GROWER WINNER

At SPS we believe it is key to invest time and money into developing young growers skills and interest levels within the fresh vegetable market. It is for this reason that we, alongside Enza Zaden, put our money where our mouths were and again were...

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NEW DIRT TO DISH & WAI TO KAI MAGAZINE

NEW DIRT TO DISH & WAI TO KAI MAGAZINE

Our Winter 2013 Dirt to Dish and Wai to Kai are now available. If you have not received or require extra copies please call our office on 0800 77 22 43 or email sales@spsnz.com and request for them to be sent....

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NEW BABYLEAF, HERB AND HYDRO LETTUCE GUIDES

NEW BABYLEAF, HERB AND HYDRO LETTUCE GUIDES

South Pacific Seeds have variety brochures available for the following product ranges:  Herbs, Hydroponic Lettuce and Babyleaf Please contact your local rep or the office  on 0800 77 22 43 or email sales@spsnz.com and request for them to be sent. ...

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SPS/ENZA ZADEN SUMMER LETTUCE FIELD DAY

SPS/ENZA ZADEN SUMMER LETTUCE FIELD DAY

Held in conjunction with suppliers Enza Zaden the SPS Lettuce Field Day was held at the new Enza Research Station on Settlement Rd, Puni and showcased some of the newer, warm season lettuces. Despite difficult growing conditions, in one of the driest Summers on record,...

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CUCUMBER GROWERS MEETING

CUCUMBER GROWERS MEETING

On the 29thof November we held the second Cucumber Growers meeting. This time we met at Sharma’s property in Papakura to view some new trial varieties from SPS. Alongside our market standard variety “Beluga”, we looked at 2981-5, 388-2 and 386-2. All varieties are performing very...

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CUCUMBER GROWERS MEETING

CUCUMBER GROWERS MEETING

On the 28th August, Auckland cucumber growers met at Bitu Singh’s property near Pukekohe. This was the first in a series of meetings to showcase SPS cucumber varieties and discuss relevant topics. Thank you to all of you who attended and also to Bitu for...

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SPS FIELD DAY HIGHLIGHTS

SPS FIELD DAY HIGHLIGHTS

 The South Pacific Seeds 2012 Field Day took place the second week of June and, while occurring later than initially planned due to early cold weather, threw up some exciting new lines for attendees. The highlights of the lettuce were the quality of the new...

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QR CODES

QR CODES

QR or a “Quick response” code is essentially a barcode that you can scan using a smart phone. The QR code directs you to the appropriate web page on our website. You will start to notice QR labels on our stock. Download a free QR...

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NEW CATALOGUE & PRICE LIST

NEW CATALOGUE & PRICE LIST

Our new 2012-2014 Catalogue and 2012-2013 Price List are now available. Should you require copies please call our office 0800 77 22 43 or email sales@spsnz.com and request for them to be sent. This year’s catalogue and price list includes a comprehensive range of outstanding new varieties...

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