Kiwifruit marketer Zespri hits play on major IT transformation programme

A changing business and reliance on legacy technology spur the New Zealand agritech firm to modernise its IT systems.

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The numbers are impressive: New Zealand produces around 10% of the world’s kiwifruit, of which 95% is exported via the co-operative Zespri. According to its latest annual, Zespri recorded $3.1 billion on sales of 164 million trays, with growth expected to reach 280 million trays in 2030.

Small wonder it’s time to refresh the 20-year-old IT systems.

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Dave Scullin, chief digital officer, Zespri

Chief digital officer Dave Scullin, who joined Zespri 15 months ago, has assembled the building blocks for the transformation programme dubbed Horizon, which is expected to take four years and cost up to $160 million. The IT team has been restructured and Deloitte appointed as the lead design and implementation partner.

Scullin detailed the transformation plan to CIO New Zealand.

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