Pipfruit New Zealand forecasts growth of 105 per cent in apple exports, meaning the industry is injecting record millions of dollars back into the local economy.
According to to the industry body, the 2016 export apple returns forecast for the joint regions is $457.7 million.
This is 105 per cent growth on the 2012 export figure, which the industry body places at $223.4 million.
Pipfruit NZ’s chief executive Alan Pollard said New Zealand’s apple industry was entering an extremely exciting time capturing significant growth, investment and profitability.
“It’s great news for our apple-growing regions, injecting millions directly back into the local economies of Hawke’s Bay, Nelson and Central Otago, Gisborne, Waikato, Wairarapa and South Canterbury,” he said.