An internal breakdown affecting 500,000 cartons of New Zealand Braeburn, grown on the South Island, will not have any major effect on the UK market, according to Gary Harrison, the commercial manager of Worldwide Fruit.
As the first fruit arrived this week, making between £14- £15/carton on the wholesale markets, he said: “English retailers want smaller-sized fruit between 63-75 mm. The overall market will tighten up, but we will still cover our programmes.”
Braeburn accounts for some eight million cartons of the NZ apple crop, about 45% of production.
Growers have been able to extend the season for UK multiples until October by using controlled atmosphere storage.