Kiwifruit growers have been warned that China poses a long-term threat to the profitability of the sector.
Speaking at a seminar held by the Chilean exporters’ association, Desmond O'Rourke, president of US crop analyst Belrose, said vast plantings in the country would yield 500 million tonnes of the fruit by 2010.
This would result in the sort of price pressure the industry had faced a decade ago when Italy expanded its kiwi crop, he said.
Growers were also advised to form consortia to cope with low price pressure caused by a consolidating retail trade.