Jamie Gray is a business reporter for the NZ Herald

Fine weather boosts NZ apple sizes

The weather is giving New Zealand's apple crop another boost.
The weather is giving New Zealand's apple crop another boost.

Good weather over the last month has further boosted the apple crop, Pipfruit NZ said.

After four weeks of perfect apple growing weather, the $700 million record crop is looking good in terms of fruit size, quality and flavour, Pipfruit NZ chief executive Alan Pollard said New Zealand.

"Global demand is for bigger apples and over this past month New Zealand's apples have been feeding off the perfect growing conditions with plenty of sunshine," he said in a statement.

Coastal sea breezes during the night have kept apples cool and sunny and warm temperatures in the mid to high 20s have also benefited the crop.

In January, Pipfruit NZ said New Zealand would produce a record export crop this season worth about $700-million but said it expected relatively cool spring conditions would mean slightly smaller apples.

"But a month of perfect growing conditions has seen fruit really come on, it's going to be an outstanding season and all our growing regions will prosper," Pollard said.

New Zealand's main apple growing regions of Hawke's Bay, Nelson and Central Otago, Gisborne, Waikato, Wairarapa and South Canterbury.

- NZ Herald

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