We use our own and third-party cookies to optimize your experience on this site, including to maintain user sessions. Without these cookies our site will not function well. If you continue browsing our site we take that to mean that you understand and accept how we use the cookies. If you wish to decline our cookies we will redirect you to Google.
Already have an account? Sign in.

 Remember Me | Forgot Your Password?

NZ Company Upcycles Rejected Kiwi Fruit Into Premium Snacks

June 13, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Nelson, NZ-based Little Beauties says it is investing millions of dollars “to make classy snacks” from rejected gold kiwifruit that otherwise would be fed to cows or dumped. The company has raised NZ$4 million ($2.9 million) from local investors over the past two years to expand and automate the drying of kiwifruit, feijoas, and berries. The new machines do the work of five people who used to peel, slice, and place fruit on drying trays. Export volumes are small at present, and getting shipping space is an issue as COVID-19 continues to disrupt supply lines. About 40 percent of sales come from Australia, “much of it from homesick Kiwis pining for feijoas and happy to buy the freeze-dried version.” A recent partnership with Trade Aid has resulted in that organization taking over the job of dipping organic gold kiwifruit slices in organic dark chocolate, a premium product aimed at the U.S. market. 
Amanda Cropp, "Rescued kiwifruit turned into premium snack treats", The Sunday Star-Times (Auckland, New Zealand), June 13, 2021, via Press Reader, © The Sunday Star-Times (Auckland, New Zealand)
Market Segments
New Products
Fruit & Vegetables
Savory Snacks
New Zealand
Business News
Companies, Organizations
Innovation & New Ideas
Products & Brands
Developed by Yuri Ingultsov Software Lab.