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"Increased demand and a poor crop last year have driven up the price of avocados to NZ$4-6 ($2.80-4.20) a piece in New Zealand. That's led to a peculiar crime wave: avocado theft. Some 40 large scale thefts have been reported by orchards in the country's north island since January, with 350 pieces of fruit stolen in...", qz.com
"On evenings tonight, we crossed the ditch and visited our neighbors in New Zealand. Farmers in New Zealand have been reporting their produce being stolen in the night as a result of surging local and - Jen Scouler is catching avocado snatchers!", blogs.abc.net.au
"WELLINGTON — New Zealand avocado growers have reported a spate of thefts after rising prices caused a seasonal shortage, leaving guacamole lovers choking on their dip. Avocado prices have doubled in recent months, reaching NZ$6.00 (S$5.70) each in some supermarkets, prompting a number of Mexican restaurants in Wellington to take guacamole off the menu. Criminals have been quick to spot an opportunity, raiding avocado groves in the Bay of Plenty area on the North Island to meet black market demand.", www.todayonline.com
"A high demand and short supply of the green superfood have triggered an avocado-related crime wave in New Zealand.As local prices for just one avocado have risen to as much as 6 New Zealand dollars (S$5.7), organised gangs are targeting orchards in the fruit-producing North Island.Local media report that there have been as many as 30 to 40 incidents this year as poachers use the cover of night to load up carloads of the fruit.", news.asiaone.com
"An upsurge in the international and local demand for avocados has inspired widespread theft in New Zealand, creating a black market for the popular fruit. So far this year there have been nearly 40 large-scale thefts from avocado orchards on the North Island with as much as 350 avocados being stolen each time. Avocados are currently selling between $4-6 (£2-3) across New Zealand following a poor harvest in 2015.", www.independent.co.uk
"The now-dead El Niño wreaked serious havoc upon our food supply, from poisoning shellfish to obliterating stone fruits. Now the avocado is at risk. In Australia and New Zealand, a double whammy of massive fires and heavy rains wiped out avocado crops, causing a shortage of the brunch staple. Growers would have been able to manage, if it weren’t for a sudden and skyrocketing avocado demand.", gizmodo.com
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