The first 4100 tonnes of this season’s Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit has left Tauranga heading for Kobe Japan. Zespri says 190 million trays of fruit are to be harvested this year and the major challenges are the Covid in orchards and pack houses plus the continuing logistics issues. Zespri is once again chartering ships to help get fruit to market. Zespri says there will be significant pressure on kiwifruit harvesting due to Covid and the aim to export 115 million trays of SunGold Kiwifruit and around 70 million trays of green this year. The MV Solent Star is the first of 72 ships set to deliver a crop estimated to be over 190 million trays, or 680,000 tonnes, of fruit to global markets.