Honey and chocolate big export hits




New Zealand's "non-traditional" food exports are growing rapidly and gaining in value, the government says.

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Source: 1 NEWS

Economic Development Minister David Parker has released an MBIE report he says is great news for the economy.

It profiles 20 food and beverage products that have shown very strong export growth - they were valued at $3.6 billion in 2016 and have grown at 14 per cent a year over the past five years.

"Leading products include Manuka honey, chocolate, cherries and shellfish," he said.

"The report highlights that authentic and natural products utilising New Zealand brand attributes are attracting significant price premiums, which is great news for our producers."

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