First Fresh News

Top award goes to Ormond citrus growers

11 February 2021

The Galloways of Ormond won the supreme honour on top of two category titles at the “Freshies” growers awards for 2020. read more

Pick and Pack

18 June 2020

Persimmon crop numbers in the district are down this year due to the wet weather in May but the quality has been impressive, says First Fresh NZ managing director Ian Albers. read more

A taste of Gizzy in Aussie bikkies

19 February 2020

Australia might have claimed as its own the pavlova, manuka honey and the band Crowded House, but the oranges that flavour Arnott's new line of Tim Tam biscuits are officially ours. read more

Top Freshies gong for Hika grower

13 February 2020

"GO-to guy” and outstanding grower John MacPherson was crowned supreme winner at the annual First Fresh “Freshies” awards. read more

Izzy Elmers awarded First Fresh & Bill Thorpe Scholarship

13 February 2020

It was great to be able to announce on the night of the Freshies  that we have awarded the First Fresh / Bill Thorpe Scholarship to Izzy Ellmers. Izzy is heading to Massey this year to study Horticultural Science read more

‘Statesman of the industry’

2 August 2019

Gisborne’s Bill Thorpe and wife Margaret with the Bledisloe Cup, the top accolade presented at the Horticulture New Zealand annual conference in Hamilton last night. Mr Thorpe received the trophy in recognition of 40 years of “meritorious” service to the industry. read more

Citrus crop quality leaves a sweet taste

25 July 2019

The quality of lemons, mandarins and oranges coming off Gisborne trees in the annual citrus harvest has been “very good”, says First Fresh managing director Ian Albers. read more

First Fresh wins export award

2 August 2018

The room was filled with excitement and celebration at the Napier Conference Centre as the winners of the 2018 ExportNZ ASB Hawke's Bay Export Awards were announced. read more

Red carpet flavour at annual Freshies

4 February 2017

First Fresh held its second "Freshies" grower awards on Thursday 23rd February at the Dome Room and John and Irene Honey of Patutahi won the Supreme Award - The Freshies Trophy. read more

Law changes for use of Organophosphate insecticides

1 November 2015


Recipe of the month

25 August 2014

Summer and ice cream go together like … well, summer and ice cream. Add Encore Mandarins into the mix and you’ve got the recipe for a delicious hot day treat. This Rippled Mandarin Curd Ice Cream is delicious with a capital D, so give it a go, you don’t even... read more

First Fresh NZGAP Group Scheme

13 February 2014

A number of our growers have already taken up the opportunity to become members of the First Fresh Group Scheme for NZGAP.  read more

First Fresh Management Calendar and Checklist

1 November 2012

Access our latest Citrus Fruit Size - Management Calendar and Checklist read more

First Fresh Weather Station

You can view the “First Fresh” weather station on line by using the following link: read more

Good persimmon season with increased exports to US

One of New Zealand's leading persimmon exporters is expecting a good increase in volumes this season, due to additional plantings and existing growers increasing their acreage. read more