Apple and pear prodution down across EU and North America

The EU's crop of apples is down 9 per cent on last year, while pears are down 22 per cent figures released at the Prognosfruit Congress in Toulouse, France, show.

Total EU production of apples is likely to be just under 10 million tonnes, with pears at just over 2 million tonnes.

The harvest Golden Delicious, the most widely grown variety in the EU, is thought to be down around 15 per cent, with Elstar down 25 per cent, and Jonagold down 6 per cent.

Pear varieties have similarly struggled, with estimated harvest of the leading Conference variety down 21 per cent, Doyenne du Comice down 40 per cent, Abate Fetel down 26 per cent and Williams down 19 per cent.

According to the Dutch Horticultural Production Board, low stocks for juicing, an early southern hemisphere harvest and a similarly poor top fruit harvest in North America, down 18 per cent on last year, will all constrain this season's fruit supply.



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