Deregulation of our apple industry has created a smaller number of large, vertically integrated fruit production and post-harvest operators. A more consolidated structure has led to higher fruit quality standards, enabled longer term supply contracts with large overseas retailers, and driven more consistent volumes through post-harvest facilities. It has also provided access to more capital for investment in growing technologies and new trademarked apple varieties (club varieties) that are delivering price premiums to growers. In Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s largest apple growing region, more than 50% of orchards are planted in varieties with IP protection – an increase of 20-30% on the early 2000s.
These factors have created significant competitive advantages for our apple industry, including sustained profitability for growers and other industry operators.
Rockit™ is a miniature apple developed in Hawke’s Bay, packaged in a tube, and sold in high value markets overseas as a premium snack food.
Rockit Global has rights to the Rockit™ Apple PVR and is responsible for granting growing licenses and providing trees for orchard development. It also handles packing, storing and marketing Rockit™ apples.
Rockit Global’s success in marketing Rockit™ apples is evident in the price premiums it has achieved and the speed with which its apples sell out every season. At $77.8/ tce, the orchard gate return (OGR) is $20-$30/ tce higher than that of the next highest priced New Zealand apple variety.
With the addition of independent growers and MyFarm syndicates, Rockit Global now has a New Zealand grower supply base of 496 canopy hectares.
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Rockit Global Limited