Bay of Plenty, NZ
In 1904, Miss Isabel Fraser, a teacher at a girls’ college in the riverside town of Wanganui, returned from visiting her sister on a mission station in China with some small black seeds. The seeds grew into big-leafed vines hung with hairy russet-skinned berries with bright green flesh. Kiwifruit had arrived in New Zealand. From its first pioneers and champions to today’s growers who consistently produce superior kiwifruit under the world-leading integrated ZESPRI™ System, there is a tradition of passion, innovation and excellence.
ZESPRI International continues to be a leading kiwifruit pioneer. It is owned by more than 2500 owner-producers, and has its own Research and Development unit. A staff of team players champion the brand all around the world, building mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers and customers.
ZESPRI growers grow kiwifruit. ZESPRI grows relationships…and markets…and expectations. One of ZESPRI International’s most significant achievements has been to find a way to bring you delicious top quality ZESPRI Kiwifruit all year round by forming partnerships with special growers around the world.