Our history.

Our story.


Kia ora, Ni hao, Bonjour, Konnichiwa


 At Zespri, we’re incredibly proud of the delicious fruit we produce and the collaborative industry we work in. We’re delighted to share some of the historical foundations of our industry with you. The world has changed considerably as we continue to respond to the ongoing challenges presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Like many businesses, we’re embracing digital channels to be able to connect with our friends across the world. 

So, while we’re looking forward to seeing you in person again soon, we’re excited to share some of our industry’s key milestones via this e-history timeline. Here, you’ll discover the story of how, from humble beginnings, we’ve grown to become the world’s leading producer of premium quality, great-tasting kiwifruit. You’ll also learn about the progression of our industry to where we sit today. 

So, step back in time with us for a moment, as we peak behind the kiwifruit vines. 

Fisher, E. (2019). Seeds of Success. Mount Maunganui.
Zespri. (2004). New Zealand Kiwifruit Centennial Journal. Mount Maunganui.