Kiwifruit Strap

The three largest kiwifruit packhouses in the Bay have pumped $225 million into infrastructure since 2014 in preparation for soaring levels of gold kiwifruit.

Zespri data shows it would release 700ha of G3 SunGold and 50ha of SunGold Organic every year until 2022 - subject to annual review.

The packhouses had also posted record results as the industry as a whole celebrates boom times.

EastPack chief executive Hamish Simson says it packed a record 41.1m trays of kiwifruit in 2018 up 23 per cent on the year before and its operating profit almost doubled from $14.4m from $7.5m over the