One of the rumoured origins for the Corona-virus outbreak is a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Wet markets in the area re-opened last months, but the Chinese are now less trusting of these marketplaces.
The uncertainty that still exists around the origin of Covid-19 could certainly have an impact on New Zealand exporters. New Zealand Apples and Pears has relied heavily on wet markets as a way to shift its produce in China.
CEO Allan Pollard told Kate Hawkesby on Early Edition this means they're having to adapt to new scenarios: "This means we change the way we sell our products. What we have noticed is an alternative to wet markets is an incredible increase of online purchasing occurring in China."