Kiwfruit grader biggest in Southern Hemisphere

A fruit sorter in the Bay of Plenty the size of a football field has been adjudged the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The grader, with 14 lanes, has been installed at Eastpack's Washer Road site in Te Puke.

Growth in kiwifruit production has risen so much that Eastpack re-opened its main packhouse at the site after closing it some years ago.

Chief Executive Hamish Simson says they originally started with a nine-lane grading machine.

Sam Gardner