[29 May/The Country]

Hawkes Bay’s contribution to the apple industry was set to grow with more than 100,000 new tree plantings planned for the coming season. The World Apple review named New Zealand’s apple industry as the most competitive on the global stage. NZ Apples and Pears Chief Executive, Allan Pollard, said to earn and then retain the title was an outstanding achievement that rewarded everyone who is part of New Zealand’s apple industry. Mr Pollard said the ranking was a reward to our $850 million apple industry which was celebrating one of its best seasons yet. T&G General Manager Pipfruit New Zealand, Bruce Beaton, said it was the culmination of decades of effort by New Zealand growers and supporting partners to ensure locally bred and grown apples started to stand up to the scrutiny on the world stage. Mr Beaton noted T&G now exported apples to more than 60 countries worldwide.