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.
First shipments of Posy apple arrive in China
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.
Poland concerned about the increase in apple production
There are worries in Poland that the country is becoming too dependent on apple production. Poland ranks third in terms of production area in Europe (167,000 hectares), and is the fastest growing of the EU’s main producers, with an 11% in the past five years, compared with average growth for the EU of 0.4%. Besides apples, the Polish are not ranked highly in any other fruit statistics, while its EU neighbours have all diversified their production. Jakub Olipra, an economist at Credit Agricole, believes that this could lead to a significant oversupply of the fruit in Poland.
Poma de Girona develops apples for warmer conditions
EU support for Polish apples – a demand to restore market balance
Fruit growers of the area of Limburg (Flanders) have started a petition to denounce the bad economic situation of their companies. The Limburg fruit growers are suffering greatly from the consequences of the Russian embargo because they have lost their most important sales market. In the meantime, efforts have been made to open new markets, but they do not compensate for the loss of the Russian market. In addition, the Limburg fruit growers are looking at very low sales prices for their apples and pears.
VOG: upturn in markets and demand at midway point of season
Sales in January, the midway point of the 2018-2019 apple season, point to an upturn in the main markets for South Tyrol - Südtirol apples.
Despite an early season shrouded in doubt due to the record production levels in Europe and the excessively high retail prices following the poor harvest of the previous season, the early January markets have shown the first hints of an upturn in demand.
US apple and cherry exports latest casualties of trade wars
The trade wars between the US and major importers of its goods are affecting fruit exports. Mexico and China have raised tariffs on US apples to 20% and 50% respectively. These two trading partners together received about 30% of the $969 million of total US apple exports in 2017. Mexican imports of US apples reached $275 million in 2017, representing 28% of total US apple exports. Under NAFTA, US apples were previously not subject to import tariffs in Mexico.
Argentina’s apple and pear crops rise despite smaller production area
Argentina’s apple crop is estimated to be up to 530,000 tons and its pear crop is expected to rise to 580,000 tons from last year, despite lower planted area. In both cases, volumes are below average. Apple and pear exports are expected to be slightly up (100,000 tons for apples and 330,000 tons for pears). Domestic consumption is on the rise as the country slowly recovers from the latest economic crisis.
CMI Orchards, focuses on top club varieties
Apples are not the only fruit category produced and shipped worldwide by CMI, which also packs over 2 million boxes of premium cherries per season, from June until the end of July. CMI is renowned for its large availability of proprietary varieties, as the US partner of major international apple clubs like Kanzi, Kiku, Envy and Jazz. “We are members of six of the top ten apple clubs,” said Danelle Huber, marketing specialist at CMI orchards. The latest brand, launched last year, is Smitten®, a new proprietary from New Zealand.
Domex Superfresh Growers with 15% of organic apples and 35% volumes on exports
With around 20 million boxes of apples pears and cherries, Domex Superfresh Growers is among the largest growers, packers and exporters of US apples, shipping its varieties around the world. Washington State’s recently harvested apple crop is down about -11% from last year, but there are still very good promotional opportunities for apples. An estimate of 117 million 40lb boxes are to be marketed from the state during the 2018/2019 season. Organics have become a major segment, now representing about 15% of the volumes packed from the state.