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New season NZ: Avocado prices plunge

Avocado fans can rejoice: supplies of the popular toast topping have surged and those who have struggled through the avo off-season can again feast on the fruit.

On Thursday avocados were were selling for $2.70 each or two for $5 at Countdown supermarkets around the country.That was in stark contrast to the shocking prices seen in May when supplies dwindled and single avocados cost as much as $10 in some centres.  

The high prices forced restaurants to pull avocado from menus and made the fruit a target for thieves. A Countdown spokesperson said this season's avocado volume looked great and that was reflected in good availability and prices. 

"Currently our avocados are coming from our standard growing regions, Northland and the Bay of Plenty, and we're expecting prices to be fairly consistent over the winter season," she said.

"There's been some additional planting in Northland recently which is expected to increase avocado supply over the next few years."


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