Blueberry growers expecting bumper season

Blueberry growers are gearing up for another good season, as more and more New Zealanders enjoy the fruit.

Locally grown blueberries are in shops already, despite the main blueberry season running from December to March.

The berries are proving increasingly popular with New Zealanders, with almost half of all households purchasing fresh blueberries last year.

Dan Peach, Chairman of Blueberries New Zealand, expects that trend to continue over the 2018/19 summer.

"Last summer New Zealand families bought fresh blueberries around 3.5 times each, meaning each household consumed an average volume of 730g," he said.

He believes their marketing campaign using New Zealand Olympian Eliza McCartney is boosting sales.

"We expect those numbers to rise significantly this summer, partly thanks to our high profile association with Eliza," said Mr Peach. 

Blueberries NZ Amabassador Eliza McCartney
Blueberries NZ Amabassador Eliza McCartney Photo credit: Supplied

He said more people are developing a keen awareness of the nutritional power of blueberries, which have higher antioxidant levels than just about every other fruit and vegetable. 

New Zealand's blueberry industry is rapidly expanding with 600 hectares planted at present in both the North and South Islands. 

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