New Zealand’s apple figures are being revised following a combination of weather condition and optimistic forecasts.
With the first Royal Gala already arriving in the UK, the industry is having to cut back on its initial total apple estimates, following forecasts which gave every indication of a bumper crop this year.
At one stage this was thought to be moving towards 20 million export cartons, 18% up on last year and 12% heavier than 2002.
Braeburn was tipped to account for eight million, Gala seven million and a mix of Fuji and Pacific varieties adding a further 2.5 million each. However, there could mean a million less cartons.