Drop in Argentina’s apple and pear crops
Chilean apple exports down 5% after difficult winter
Chile’s apple exports are expected to fall due to the smaller crop that stemmed from adverse weather conditions during the spring and winter. According to USDA data, total fresh apple exports will reach 739,000 tons in MY 2018/19, down 5% from the previous campaign. The country’s total apple planted area totalled 34,427 hectares in 2018/19, a drop of 4.2% from MY2017/18.
Troubled times for EU apple markets
The high apple stocks in the EU combined with the arrival of Southern Hemisphere fruit is putting severe pressure on prices. As of April 1, stocks were at 2.3 million tons, which is 1.1 million tons more than in 2017-18 (an unusual year), and 210,000 tons more than the more typical season of 2016-17, according to data from the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA). A large proportion of these stocks come from Poland, but there are large differences between one variety and another.
French apple exports 36% below average
France’s apple exports for the August 2018-February 2019 period totalled 257,500 tons – 36% lower than the five-year average. Meanwhile, imports were 30% above the five-year average, totalling 111,300 tons. Total French apple production reached 1.465 million tons. Both imports and exports reached their peak in October. France is still some way behind Poland and Italy in terms of production volumes. Official data regarding the Polish crop is still unconfirmed, while Italy’s production reached 2.45 million tons.
Apples, still-high europea stocks put the brake on price recovery
VOG Consortium CEO Gerhard Dichgans explains how the situation is evolving, in Italy and internationally.
“As the export season begins in the Southern Hemisphere, the European apple market is still under pressure, with high stock levels putting the dampers on hopes of a forthcoming recovery in prices.” These are the words of Gerhard Dichgans, CEO of the VOG Consortium, in his latest update on the current international situation.
EU apple stocks at record levels
German apple market recovers during Lent
Germany’s apple market has improved since the beginning of the year. However, stocks are still high. Sales in February focused on the varieties Elstar, Gala, Braeburn and Kanzi®. There was little Golden Delicious on the market. In the middle of March, supplies of Elstar, Braeburn and Gala were significantly down, which is why the Jonagold Group and the club variety Kanzi® are increasingly being promoted. Brands such as Topaz were rather difficult to accommodate.
Spain’s apple sector aims to end dependency on imports
The producers of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Poma de Girona defend the local product in the face of competition from imported apples. Currently, half of the apples sold in Spanish supermarkets come from Italy and France. At its Annual Membership Assembly last Friday in Girona, the Poma de Girona was awarded a prize by the director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Centre of the Biomedical Research Institute of Girona. Cardiologist Ramon Brugada highlighted the importance of consuming local products to support the local economy and protect the environment.
First shipments of Posy apple arrive in China
The first shipment of the Posy variety of apple sailed from New Zealand to China last week. Bostock New Zealand and Mr Apple have developed the Posy, an apple with great pink colouring and high brix content, which should appeal to the Chinese market. The variety was bred by David Cranwell and is grown exclusively by Bostock and Mr Apple in New Zealand. The Posy apple is harvested at the start of February and will therefore hit the Chinese market ahead of other varieties from the Southern Hemisphere. The Posy apple is a cross between the New Zealand Rose and Royal Gala.
Russia’s apple crop projected to break 1.5 million-ton barrier
Russia’s 2018/19 apple production is forecast at 1,506,100 tons, according to USDA. Nevertheless, despite being a major producer, Russia imported 858,600 tons in 2017/18. Imported volumes of apple are predicted to decrease to 815,000 tons in 2018/19. Similarly, Russia’s imports of table grapes and pears are also expected to fall this year, to 270,000 tons and 352,000 tons, respectively, due to the rise in domestic production.