(June 21) The Oppenheimer Group’s supply of pacific queen and pacific rose apples will be lower than expected this season.

Thanks to the unusually wet weather in New Zealand in May, the two late apple varieties are in shorter supply, said David Nelley, pipfruit category director for The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Earlier this year, Nelley said Oppenheimer was planning to ship 57,000 40-pound boxes of the apples, but on June 16 he said the company expected to ship about 25,000 boxes.

Recent snowstorms in New Zealand did not affect Oppenheimer’s kiwifruit supplies because the crops had been harvested already, said communications manager Karin Gardner.