First charter ship carrying Zespri Kiwifruit sets sail

Up to three-thousand pallets of Bay of Plenty-grown SunGold Kiwifruit is now bound for China and Japan.

The first charter vessel set sail at the weekend, following this season's early start to harvest.

Zespi Chief Grower and Alliances Officer David Courtney says in total, Zespri expects more than 600-thousand pallets of kiwifruit to be shipped offshore.

He says in the latest estimate, Zespri is on track to supply more than 75 million-trays of SunGold this season.

Sam Gardner