Revenue from dairy, meat, and horticulture exports is soaring amid the coronavirus pandemic with sales for the year to date are up nearly $1 billion compared with the same period a year earlier. The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research Insight report says a mixture of strong demand from the Chinese market, flexible supply chains, and trust in the hygiene of New Zealand’s food processing are responsible for driving the growth in export sales. NZIER principal economist Chris Nixon says the country’s primary industries are well-positioned to weather the storm brought on by the COVID-19pandemic. He says NZ has the products consumers want but fears the United States’ ongoing struggles to contain the virus could impact the consumption of retail goods, which would in turn affect Chinese exporters.