Rains affect NZ berry season, prices could go up

New Zealand supermarkets are selling strawberries this week for between $2.10 and $4 a punnet, but these prices are expected to rise as it is near the end of the season and rainfall has affected the crop.

Foodstuffs NZ corporate affairs manager Emma Wooster said weather affected the price and availability of produce. She said with the flush of the season passed, and rain making strawberries susceptible to quality issues, “price is likely to be impacted soon”.

Fresh blueberries and raspberries have come into the supermarkets with Pak n Save having blueberries at $2.79 for 125g, when purchased online, and raspberries are $3.99 for the same amount. New World has Pams-branded blueberries for $3.99 a 125g punnet.

There is more fruit on the domestic market than usual, which could limit the extent of price rises. Export volumes have dropped because of higher freight costs, Strawberry Growers New Zealand executive manager Michael Ahern said.

Source: stuff.co.nz

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