27 Feb 2010

Stone fruit season nearly over

7:52 am on 27 February 2010

The stone fruit season is coming to an end.

Ingrid Hofma from Le Fresh says cherry exports are worth more than $20 million to New Zealand and apricots around $10 million.

Cherries are exported to 12 markets including Asia, China, Taiwan, Britain, Europe and the United States.

Ms Hofman told Country Life that the final figures were about 1300 tonnes. Demand was described as strong.

Exports of apricots were approaching similar levels but the season was not over yet. Most apricots go to Australia.

Peaches nectarines and plums are sent to the Pacific islands

However, only 30% of New Zealand's total summerfruit crop is exported.