[07 March/The Country]

New Zealand avocado exports faced significant quality issues after November, especially within the Australian market. Given avocados require fast post-harvest movements, harvest timing is crucial due to Avocado’s not being stored in coolstores. New Zealand’s growing season is cooler and wetter than that of its competitors, therefore avocados stay on the tree longer for up to 14 months. If the harvest is done in November or later, next season’s crop is starting to grow on the tree which can change the tree’s physiology and impact quality. Quality is a large part of New Zealand’s offering on the market requiring growers to be agile.