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Bay of Plenty Scientific Laboratory - Fruit Quality Testing Lab

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Eurofins’ Katikati scientific laboratory in the Bay of Plenty specialises in fruit quality testing, including avocado maturity testing, kiwifruit maturity monitoring, maturity clearance, contract research/data capture, and leaf and soil testing. Eurofins Bay of Plenty also hosts NetLab, a growing web-based tool designed to capture maturity data for kiwifruit, apples, and avocados. More crops are planned to be integrated into the service. Aimed at industry organisations, packhouses and growers, NetLab is reliable, accurate, and fast.

Fruit Quality Testing

The Eurofins Bay of Plenty testing lab provides independent horticultural analysis with decades of experience and expertise. We are a known industry partner and understand the requirements of fruit growers nationwide.

Avocado Maturity Monitoring

New Zealand’s avocado industry runs based on a national database of fruit quality data. Eurofins BOP avocado maturity testing contributes data directly to this database, where it is processed into reports for stakeholders. Fruit quality information is streamed at multiple levels; industry, exporter, packer and grower – this is achieved with library trays. These were introduced into NZ in the early 2000s and became compulsory soon after. Library trays are extremely useful to the fruit growing industry on multiple levels and help monitor major quality factors such as time delay between picking and packing, fruit age, and rainfall prior to harvest. Eurofins BOP laboratory tests trays from every orchard pack-out. If packing is continuous, we default to one tray a fortnight. Our findings are then reported to the Avocado Industry Council. Avocados are stored in keeping with best practice; for 28 days, at 5 ℃.

Kiwifruit Maturity Monitoring

Eurofins is the leading Kiwifruit maturity testing laboratory in New Zealand. We are the independent testing lab of choice for Zespri International, and routinely carry out kiwifruit maturity monitoring services for Zespri’s export maturity clearance programme – this business relationship has been running for the last ten consecutive growing seasons. We work hard to make our testing services cost-effective by leveraging newer technology and streamlining systems to keep analysis fast and efficient.


Need to know more? Get in contact with Eurofins Bay of Plenty at:

137 Tetley Rd 3178 Katikati New Zealand

Phone: +64 7 549 1044