Dole New Zealand has welcomed the 750th shipment of its bananas, pineapples and papaya into New Zealand from the Philippines.
The arrival of the Pacific Magnolia reefer into Auckland and Lyttelton last week was a significant milestone for Dole New Zealand, as well as MG Marketing, the exclusive importer, distributor and marketer of Dole Fresh Produce.
The ship, carrying more than 50,000 cartons of fruit, was brought into the Auckland port by transport partners Fresh Carriers and their New Zealand-based agents Oceanic Navigation.
Steve Barton, General Manager of Dole New Zealand says the first shipment to arrive in New Zealand in 1993 marked the start of what has been a huge success story for the sale of fresh Dole fruit, with more than 71 million boxes of bananas and 12 million cartons of pineapples imported from the Philippines across the past 28 years.
“Dole NZ is committed to building lasting relationships with our partners and Kiwis have benefitted immensely from the partnership we’ve forged with Fresh Carriers and their New Zealand-based agents Oceanic Navigation, along with distributor MG Marketng, for almost 30 years,” says Barton.
“It’s long been rumoured that Kiwis consume more bananas per person than any country, and judging by the fact we’ve imported over 900 million kilos of bananas since 1993, I’d say that there’s truth to that rumour.
“Our Tropical Gold Pineapples and Dole Paw Paw are also incredibly popular among New Zealanders – around 130 million kilos have been brought into the country over the years. ”
The Oceanic team is currently processing the Pacific Magnolia’s cargo which includes 15,000 boxes of bananas, 32,000 cartons of pineapples and 3000 boxes of papaya all destined for New Zealand supermarkets.
Stephen Black, Shipping Manager at Oceanic Navigation Ltd, says he was delighted to see the Pacific Magnolia berth in Auckland, marking Dole NZ’s 750th voyage from Philippines to New Zealand.
“Dole has been a key shipping partner for Fresh Carriers and Oceanic Navigation for many years and we’re really proud to have a role in bringing some of the biggest selling grocery items into the country for the Kiwi consumer,” said Black.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Dole to deliver their fruit to even more consumers in the years ahead.”
Fresh Carriers own a fleet of dedicated refrigerated ships that carry the tropical fruit directly from Davao in the Philippines to Auckland and Lyttelton with a transit time of only 10 days.
Recently the company has added three brand new ships purpose built for the New Zealand trade.
For more information on Dole New Zealand visit dole.co.nz