Richard Hoddy and family of Vailima Orchards were presented with the Grower of the Year award during the International Fruit Tree Associations annual study tour and conference in New Zealand.
Emigrating from England in 1914, Richard’s grandfather established orchards in Nelson, New Zealand. Honoring his grandfather’s legacy, Richard continues to grow with his two sons and David Easton, majority owner of Heartland Fruit.
Business Development Representative Caitlin Klueber sampled green and SunGold kiwifruit at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where The Wine & Dine half-marathon weekend three-day Health & Fitness Expo was held. Race participants and their family members were able to pick up their race gear, purchase running equipment, and this year, try samples of Zespri kiwifruit.