Kiwifruit » Members

More than 80% of all companies involved in New Zealand’s natural products industry belong to Natural Health Products NZ, including all major brands and manufacturers. Our membership comprises businesses that manufacture and supply natural health remedies, dietary supplements, health support products, and related ingredients and services.

Kiwifruit Kiwifruit or Actinidia is native to Yangtze Valley of China and is the National fruit of China. Other species of Actinidia are found in China, Japan and southeastern Siberia. Kiwifruit is a dioecious vine which can reach heights of 9m. It was introduced to New Zealand and United States in the early 20th century. The fruit was initially called Chinese Gooseberry. In 1959, it was named kiwifruit after New Zealand’s kiwi. Italy is now the leading producer of kiwifruit in the world, followed by New Zealand, Chile, France, Greece, Japan and United States.

Kiwifruit has very high levels of vitamin C and potassium. It also has a wide range of nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin E, folic acid, copper, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. It has low sodium, low fat and no cholesterol. Kiwifruit extract contains protease enzyme obtained from kiwifruit. The extract has high level of actinidin which mimics the enzyme pepsin in humans. It also contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids.

Kiwifruit extract inhibits melanoma in invitro tests. In murine models, kiwifruit extract increases markets of acquired and innate immunity. Kiwifruit extract is also used as a cosmetic agent to reduce ageing.

Alaron Products Ltd

Contact: Claire Quin Address 13 Bolt Road Tahunanui Nelson 7011 New ZealandAddress PO Box 5080 Port Nelson Nelson 7043 New Zealand Phone: +64 3 548 5875 Website: www.alaron.co.nz

Anagenix Group

Contact: Chris Johnson Address Level 1 18 Broadway Newmarket Auckland 1023 New Zealand Phone: 64 9 520 0831 Website: www.anagenix.com

Cawthron Institute

Contact: Paul Parker Address 98 Halifax Street East Nelson New Zealand Phone: +64 3 548 2319 Website: www.cawthron.org.nz

Comvita

Contact: David Bathgate Address Wilson Road South Paengaroa Te Puke New Zealand Phone: +64 21 386973 Website: www.comvita.com

GO Healthy New Zealand

Contact: Kurt Renner Address 71 Nelson Street Petone Lower Hutt 5012 New Zealand Phone: +64 4 8910184 Website: www.gohealthynz.co.nz

Green Cross Health

Contact: Lara Squires Address Private Bag 11906 Ellerslie Auckland 1542 New Zealand Phone: +64 9 571 9080 Website: www.greencrosshealth.co.nz

New Zealand Extracts Ltd

Contact: Mike Turner Address 16 Liverpool Street Riverlands Blenheim 7274 New Zealand Phone: +64 3 5793399 Website: www.nzextracts.com

Plant & Food Research

Contact: Danette Olsen Address Private Bag 92169 120 Mt Albert Road Auckland New Zealand Phone: +64 9 925 7000 Website: www.plantandfood.co.nz