Next Generation Apples’ first two varieties are the latest to be developed through New Zealand’s world-class breeding programme, run by Plant and Food Research, commercialised by Prevar.
With textures in terms of firmness that will store well, and shapes and colours that are appealing to the eye, they share some important common attributes yet are completely different in flavour profile and timing onto the market, and will appeal to different parts of the world.
They are both easy to grow from a production perspective, and have been compared to Fuji and Royal Gala in terms of growing nature. They both fit into a portfolio for different reasons. From a grower and harvest management perspective – Sassy™ gives something that is early and has a similar size profile to Royal Gala, while T003 offers a large apples and consistently high packouts.
T003 and Sassy™ provide an eating experience that is unique and exciting for the consumer, and we are confident they’ll be coming back and buying more.
Next Generation is now offering a small group of growers the opportunity to join us on this exciting journey to take Sassy™ and T003 to the world and to be part of establishing two new innovative and exciting apples brands.
Our vision is to have a small and select group of growers in the United States, Europe, South Africa and Chile, in addition to New Zealand, who produce apples to supply to key international markets.
If you’d like to know more, please register your interest by contacting Evan Heywood.
p: +64 27 489 7029
Great growers, great breeders.
New Zealand is one of the best apple-growing countries in the world, and also one of the best at breeding new varieties. New Zealand science company Plant & Food Research (PFR) has over 40 years’ experience in developing new fruit, vegetable, arable and ornamental cultivars.
PFR’s apple breeding programme is focused on new cultivars that have the factors that appeal to both consumers and growers around the world: crisp texture, high flavour, long storage and shelf life, novel skin and flesh colour, optimal harvest maturity and pest and disease resistance.
Their genomics research has identified a number of molecular markers for traits such as red flesh, and resistance to scab, powdery mildew and aphids, which are used to identify individuals in their extensive germplasm collection for use as parents in their breeding programme.
Next Generation Apples’ first two varieties are the latest to be developed by PFR and commercialised by Prevar – their extensive experience and reputation as the world’s best provides us with confidence that Sassy™ and T003 have all the right ingredients for commercial success.