• 07 Jul 2022

    Major Primary Industries Award Recognises Rapid Response To Feed The Hungry And Support Growers During Lockdown

    United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated have been presented the Primary Industries NZ Summit Team Award for their work delivering 300,000 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables to whānau during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

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  • 20 Jun 2022

    Finalists For Major Award Delivered 300,000 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Boxes To Whānau During Lockdown

    As the country prepared to lockdown in March 2020, the small team of just five staff at United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated quickly realised the impact that a nationwide shutdown would have on the country’s $6 billion horticulture industry.

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  • 30 May 2022


    The Commerce Commission released its report on the state of competition, with recommendations, on 8 March 2022. 

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  • 11 May 2022

    Good News for Kiwis - New Zealand Vegetable Prices Expected To Ease

    The monthly Food Price Index (FPI) due to be released next week is predicted to show easing vegetable prices and industry insiders say that trend is set to continue as we head into winter.

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  • 10 Jan 2022

    TREND REPORT 2022: Resilience in the face of Adversity

    Two years into a global pandemic and many Kiwi consumers will be wondering just what 2022 holds in store for us all. There is no question that the world has changed immensely and many of our daily habits have changed along with it. But has the way we get our daily bread or pro-biotic kombucha really evolved that much or are we showing resilience in the face of grocery aisle adversity?  

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  • 16 Nov 2021

    The Global Fruit & Veg Newsletter - November 2021

    Diet and environmental impact

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  • 21 Sep 2021

    United Fresh Mid-Year Trend Report: Has COVID-19 Changed Our Shopping Habits Forever?

    Grocery shopping trends over the past few years have focused on the latest ‘superfood’ or diet and lifestyle craze, but this year research commissioned by United Fresh shows the significant impact that COVID-19 is having in supermarket aisles around Aotearoa.

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  • 29 Jul 2021

    Millennials and Generation Z found to be the biggest wasters of food

    Research conducted in April shows Millennials and Generation Z are not living up to their credentials as climate change activists with these two groups responsible for the largest amounts of food waste in the country.

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  • 20 May 2021

    Ground-Breaking UN Discussion Identifies Pathways To Food Future for Aotearoa

    Hosted by United Fresh, the UN Independent Dialogue brought together for the first time experts from across the entire supply chain from production to retail along with tangata whenua representatives and leaders from organisations which support vulnerable communities such as food banks and churches.

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  • 15 Apr 2021

    Kiwi Experts Leading Global Conversation for UN About Equitable Food Systems

    United Fresh, Aotearoa’s pan produce industry organisation, is set to lead a United Nations Independent Dialogue as part of the UN’s global initiative the Food Systems Summit (UNFSS). 

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  • 10 Mar 2021

    Produce Industry Launches UN Initiative in New Zealand to Address Hunger and Increase Wellbeing

    Aotearoa’s $6 billion fresh produce industry today rolls out a localised UN initiative, as it celebrates the launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV).

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  • 02 Mar 2021

    United Fresh Becomes Trust Alliance Observer

    United Fresh is pleased to advise acceptance of Trust Alliance New Zealand’s offer to act as an observer at Trust Alliance meetings.

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  • 05 Jan 2021

    Trend Report 2021: Adapting to the new normal

    There is no question that the world has changed immensely in the space of just 12 months. The unprecedented scale of the COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of every New Zealander and the implications of the national lockdown will be felt for years to come. 

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  • 08 Dec 2020

    NZ’s Horticultural Voice Heard at UN Food Systems Summit

    New Zealand produce industry leader and United Fresh Knowledge Officer, Dr Hans Maurer, will help represent global horticulture sector interests in the lead up to United Nation’s Food Systems Summit next year. 

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  • 07 Dec 2020

    Free Fruit & Vegetables In Schools More Crucial Than Ever Before

    A record 26 million servings of fresh fruit and vegetables will be given to low decile school children next year, with calls to expand the initiative in light of last week’s alarming Poverty Monitor 2020 report.

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  • 31 Aug 2020

    Research Highlights Lack of Female Leadership in the NZ Horticulture Industry

    Research commissioned by industry collective Women in Horticulture (WiH) shows significant gender disparity amongst senior roles in New Zealand’s horticulture industry.

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  • 20 Aug 2020

    NZ’s Fruit & Vegetables in Schools Initiative for Vulnerable Children Acknowledged Globally

    New Zealand’s most successful and effective school-based nutrition initiative Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) has been selected for inclusion in a report for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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  • 06 Aug 2020

    New Zealand’s $6 billion Produce Industry Aligning and Improving its Traceability Systems

    A consultation document seeking the input of New Zealand’s fresh produce industry has been released this month as part of a significant project to assess and improve traceability within the industry.

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  • 20 May 2020

    Ground-Breaking UN Discussion Identifies Pathways To Food Future for Aotearoa

    Hosted by United Fresh, the UN Independent Dialogue brought together for the first time experts from across the entire supply chain from production to retail along with tangata whenua representatives and leaders from organisations which support vulnerable communities such as food banks and churches.

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  • 19 May 2020

    Foodstuffs Donates Hundreds of Food Boxes as Crisis Deepens

    Up to 1 million Kiwis Predicted to be Affected in 2020. Kiwis helping kiwis’ is the driving force behind an initiative of more than 700 boxes of fresh produce being donated to families hit by the Covid-19 crisis by one of our country’s largest locally owned and operated companies.

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  • 30 Mar 2020

    United Fresh Urges Kiwis to Eat More Fresh Produce and to Wash It First

    New Zealanders can safely purchase fresh fruit and vegetables during COVID-19 and our country’s only pan-produce organisation that represents the entire value-chain, United Fresh, is reminding Kiwis to wash all produce as you normally would by rinsing it under the tap before consuming it.

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  • 25 Feb 2020

    Child Poverty Stats Reaffirm Importance Of Free Fruit & Vegetables In Schools

    https://5adayeducation.org.nz/learningNew Zealand’s most successful and effective school-based nutrition initiative is applauding progress to reduce child poverty and says providing fresh fruit and vegetables is crucial to ensure ongoing success.

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  • 29 Jan 2020

    Trend Report 2020: Eat your Way to a Healthy Planet

    Between the Australian bushfires, Greta Thunberg and the rise of the conscious millennial consumer, 2020 is set to be a year in which the health of the planet becomes as important as the health of ourselves and our families.

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  • 09 Aug 2019

    Save The Planet - Eat Your 5+ A Day

    With the spotlight on climate change growing hotter by the day, we’re all starting to think about the small things we can do as individuals to save the planet we inhabit.

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  • 15 Mar 2019

    TREND REPORT 2019: The Year of the Rise of Fresh Produce - Part 2

    Welcome to Part Two of our United Fresh Trend Report including cannabis and beauty benefits! Global indications show fresh fruit and vegetables at the top of every trend list.

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  • 18 Feb 2019

    TREND REPORT 2019: The Year of the Rise of Fresh Produce - Part 1

    Whether you’re growing it, selling it or just eating it, fresh produce in New Zealand is a core staple in every household. With great growing conditions and an innovative, versatile industry, we’re lucky to have access to some of the tastiest fruit and vegetables on the planet.

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  • 24 Sep 2018

    Major Fresh Produce Traceability Project Underway in New Zealand

    In light of the recent shocking Australian strawberry tampering event, the New Zealand produce industry is taking every action possible to reassure customers their safety systems are robust.

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  • 27 Aug 2018

    Sweet Success: Fruit & Vegetables in Schools Providing Positive Impact

    New research into the impact of Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) has found it is the widest-reaching health initiative for low decile schools in New Zealand, vastly improving health and education outcomes for students.

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  • 03 Jul 2018

    United Fresh secures Sustainable Farming Fund for Traceability Project

    We are pleased to announce work has begun on a three-year project to investigate traceability within the industry. 

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  • 25 Aug 2017

    United Fresh Puts Bigger Serving Portions on the Table with Latest Nutrition Panel Release

    United Fresh has just completed an update of its nutrition information panels (NIPs) for the entire fresh fruit and vegetable sector

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  • 13 Feb 2017

    Fruit in Schools reaches record numbers for 2017

    More than 104,000 students are benefitting from the successful Fruit in Schools initiative as a new term kicks off in 2017. 

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  • 03 Oct 2016

    New President Marks Quarter-Century Milestone for United Fresh New Zealand

    Leadership and collaboration are vital to keep New Zealand’s horticulture industry blooming, says the new president of the country’s only pan-produce organisation.  

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  • 25 Jul 2016

    Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman says "More kids benefiting from Fruit in Schools"

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says this year’s expansion of the Fruit in Schools programme is seeing a record volume of fresh produce delivered to 547 schools across the country, benefitting more than 100,000 students.

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  • 17 Sep 2015

    Plant & Food Research joins United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated

    One of New Zealand’s largest scientific research organisations, Plant & Food Research, has joined United Fresh. UF General Manager, Paula Dudley, says the organisation is looking forward to continuing its work with the highly regarded scientific institute.

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  • 23 Jun 2015

    How to Keep New Zealand’s Horticulture Industry Blooming

    Horticultural production in this country is flourishing with the latest figures showing the sector has topped the $7 billion mark for the first time. The figures were published in the April edition of Fresh Facts and showed in the year ended June 2014, the sector reached $7.16 billion in production, up from $6.7 billion the year before.

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  • 19 Feb 2015

    New Research Shows Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Help Kids to Grow and Thrive

    New research shows the Fruit In Schools programme, managed by United Fresh, is having a positive impact on children and nutrition. Although named Fruit in Schools, the programme includes fresh New Zealand vegetables as well.

    An independent evaluation has found Fruit In Schools is highly valued by principals and is well aligned with international evidence on how to improve nutrition and reduce obesity in children.

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  • 18 Feb 2015

    United Fresh Takes the Lead in Food Safety and Traceability

    For over two decades United Fresh has worked on behalf of the New Zealand produce industry on Food Safety, Traceability and Industry Standards. To further strengthen this framework and safeguard food safety, we recently established the Food Safety and Traceability Committee.

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