Zespri warns of virus disruption risk

By Gavin Evans | Thu, 19 Mar 2020


Kiwifruit marketer Zespri has signalled the risk of low returns to growers this season as it tries to assess the potential for disrupted deliveries in global markets and picker shortages here.The firm, which this week dispatched its first cargo of SunGold fruit this season, said demand for fresh fruit is good and that that may help it weather the coronavirus disruptions it expects.But it said the board’s best-case scenario assumed “at least some disruption across our distribution network.” Covid-19 is also impacting labour supply here, but chai...