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Bad news for those of us who chose smashed avo on toast over a mortgage last year…

With cafes and restaurants closed, New Zealand has a surplus of avocados and shoppers can expect to find the fruit in supermarkets for longer – and at lower prices – than usual.

NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular said 20 to 30 per cent of New Zealand’s avocados would usually go to food service and independent fruit stores at this time of year. With the coronavirus lockdown completely eliminating those options and the export season already over, that fruit would have to be sent to supermarkets.

As Kiwis settled into lockdown life, supermarket demand was returning to normal and shoppers could expect good prices.

“There is that extra supply so we’d expect prices to be lower but we’re also trying to keep them low because people have reduced incomes,” she said.

Online sales were also growing as people followed official advice to stay home.

“We have a few growers who sell online and there has been a small customer base in that market but it’s increasing.”


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