[2 February/ Radio New Zealand]

It has taken four years for New Zealand avocados to gain approval for export to China. New Zealand Avocados Chief Executive, Jen Scoular, said it had been a huge process but they’re now set to start feeding China this year. There has been a 250 percent increase in avocado imports into China each year over the last three years. The demand for avocados in China has skyrocketed, and there was increased awareness around the New Zealand product. New Zealand currently has around 4000 hectares of avocados in production with a thousand more being planted. Increase avocado production is expected to meet the increased demand.