North Portugal is set to become the next production area for Zespri golden kiwifruit, originally bred in New Zealand.
The industry is conducting soil tests but is expecting to develop between 100 and 150 hectares by the start of next year.
The company is already negotiating in France to develop the crop and estimates that the northern hemisphere as a whole, which includes California and Japan, will reach half a million cartons by next year.
This season, however, recent gold plantings were beginning to mature and volume was expected to be as much as 50% higher than the previous season, said growers.
Meanwhile, the fruit has caught the attention of retired Scottish Agricultural College specialist, Tom Stirling, who believes that it is one of a range of fruit crops which could be profitable for growers as far north as the Shetland Isles.
He also cites blueberries, loganberries and cranberries as having a potential.
Blueberries thrive in acidic soils and there have already been trials in Aberdeenshire.