[29 August/NZ Herald]

Mr Apple saw its exports rise 69,480 tonnes which helped its parent company, Scales Corporation, achieve a half year profit of $34.8 million. Scales Corporation Managing Director, Andy Borland, said exports from its Mr Apple business grew 9 percent. He added export demand was strong, particularly in Asia. He noted the return to good growing conditions had been a factor in achieving both a record harvest crop and export volume. Scales Corp agreed to sell its Whakatu coldstore operation and it is waiting Overseas Investment Office Approval. The sale was worth $151.4 million. Scales Corp Chairman, Tim Goodacre, said the company was pleased to reaffirm its announced EBITDA guidance of between $58 million and $65 million.