World’s biggest kiwifruit marketer signs up for new SAP cloud solutions

Zespri International, the world’s largest kiwifruit marketer is among the first companies to use the new SAP S/4HANA private cloud edition. The enterprise application software vendor has announced that the deal will help standardize and automate processes across Zespri to create efficiencies and provide a growth and innovation platform to further support the kiwifruit marketer’s rapid growth.

SAP S/4HANA is part of the roster of new solutions dubbed as ‘RISE with SAP’ (software, infrastructure, and technical operations under one contract). The multi-year deal with Zespri, which is based in Mount Maunganui in New Zealand, will also involve several SAP Digital Supply Chain apps—SAP Global Trade Services, SAP Integrated Business Planning, and SAP Logistics Business Network.

Under the agreement, Zespri will also use SAP Business Technology Platform capabilities like SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Integration Suite, SAP Extension Suit, and SAP-endorsed partner solutions from Celonis, Tricentis, and Open Text.

Zespri has entered into the multi-year deal to underpin its aggressive four-year transformation program that will digitize its operations, increase sales, and integrate efficiency within the organization.

This comes at a time when the global supply of kiwifruit is forecast to jump to 280 million trays annually by 2030 from 164.4 million trays in 2020. Worldwide demand for kiwifruit is outstripping supply as consumers become more health-conscious and look for nutritious products that also taste good.

Zespri presently runs its SAP environment on Microsoft Azure public cloud. It will be migrated to the SAP S/4HANA private cloud edition. The company will still use Azure for its enterprise infrastructure.

“Our new SAP environment will transform the systems and processes across our business, from finance and supply chain to grower enablement and engagement, sales, and business planning,” said Zespri Chief Digital Officer Dave Scullin. “This will strengthen our ability to grow and sustain returns for the industry for decades to come.”