First Fresh News

Supreme freshie for second time

17 February 2018

MATAWHERO fruit growers Clive and Amanda Lewis deservedly took out the supreme award at the third annual First Fresh “Freshies” awards recently with four wins out of five categories in which they were nominated. read more

Orange harvest in catch-up mode

5 August 2017

THE district’s navel orange season is running well behind due to the impact of wet and cooler weather during the run-up to harvest. read more

First Fresh Persimmons

22 July 2017

New Zealand’s first export of persimmons is set to leave for China after a 12 year effort to gain market access concluded successfully this week. Gisborne-based exporter First Fresh will send the trial shipment of Gisborne persimmon next month following approval from China’s quarantine authority AQSIQ. 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

Gisborne Encore Mandarins - make summer sweet

11 November 2016

ADVERTORIAL: While other citrus has come and gone by the time you’ve got your togs out and are hitting the beach, Gisborne Encore Mandarins are just coming into their own. read more

Gisborne tops NZ's citrus production

12 May 2016

A grower survey conducted by New Zealand Citrus Growers Incorporated has confirmed that Gisborne is the number one citrus growing region in the country — by a long way. The NZCGI “snapshot” survey indicates there are 330 citrus growers in New Zealand with more than a million citrus trees and... read more

First Fresh take silver award

26 February 2016

First Fresh and our marketing-communications agency Tracta won a silver award at the New Zealand Direct Marketing Awards for our company's grower loyalty scheme campaign."Our Loyalty Recognition Agreement (LRA) is unique to the citrus industry and was developed to recognise the loyalty shown to us by our suppliers," said general... read more

Law changes for use of Organophosphate insecticides

1 November 2015


Recipe of the month

25 August 2014

Ingredients 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

First Fresh Citrus Crop Protection Programme

Hot off the press is the 2014/15 copy of the First Fresh - Citrus Crop Protection Progamme. read more

Market Gardeners Limited acquires shareholding in First Fresh NZ

Leading New Zealand supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, Market Gardeners Limited, trading as MG Marketing (MG), and leading New Zealand Citrus Marketing company First Fresh NZ Limited (First Fresh), are pleased to announce that in late December 2017, MG acquired a 30% shareholding in First Fresh. read more

The Bill Thorpe and First Fresh Scholarship

First Fresh chairman Bill Thorpe (pictured here with wife Margaret) announced that he and the company are offering an annual $5000 scholarship for horticulture study, open to First Fresh supplying growers and their families. “After more than 40 years in the industry and nearing retirement I want to give something... read more