Zespri International Limited is the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, selling kiwifruit in more than 50 countries. We work with around 2,800 New Zealand and 1,500 international growers and post-harvest companies to source the best-quality Zespri Kiwifruit which we supply through our distribution partners to wholesale and retail customers.
Our origins lie in the challenges faced by the New Zealand kiwifruit industry in the 1980s. Rapid expansion of the industry and large crop volumes had seen supply exceed demand, and combined with unfavourable interest and foreign exchange rates, the price of kiwifruit had dipped to an all-time low, badly affecting local growers. lt was then that New Zealand kiwifruit growers decided they could do better together, leading to the creation of Zespri in 1997.
Today, we retain the exclusive rights to export kiwifruit from New Zealand to all countries other than Australia. And since our establishment, we’ve been able to deliver strong sustainable returns to growers, make increasingly positive contributions to our communities, and provide premium-tasting and premium-quality kiwifruit to the world.
Ultimately, our purpose is to help people, communities, and the environment around the world thrive through the goodness of kiwifruit. And our mission is to create sustainable long-term value for kiwifruit growers, by offering consumers the world’s leading portfolio of branded kiwifruit 12 months of the year.