EU apple and pear harvests set to recover this season

Apples and pears - image: Jean-Louis Zimmermann
Apples and pears - image: Jean-Louis Zimmermann

The 28 countries of the EU will together see a 7 per cent rise in apple production in the coming season, to 10.8 million tonnes, while pears are expected to be up 6 per cent to 2.2m tonnes, following a difficult 2012/13 season.

Golden Delicious should see an strengthen its position as the continent's most widely grown apple, with an estimated 11 per cent rise bringing it close to a quarter of the total harvest.

A similar rise are also forecast for new varieties including Kanzi, Junami, Rubens and Wellant, but at just 390,000 tonnes, "the production of these new varieties still modest", according to the Netherlands Fruit Growers Association (NFO), which published the figures after their unveiling at the industry's Prognosfruit conference in Prague, Czech republic.

Meanwhile other widely grown continental varieties Jonagold and Elstar are both likely to see declines, of 4 and 6 per cent respectively.

In pears, Conference is expected to boost its aleady pre-eminent position with a 14 pr cent rise giving it 30 per cent of total production. Doyenne du Comice, on the other hand, should slip back by around 18 per cent.

The NFO concluded: "The market is favourable and Southern Hemisphere production since the start of the year is well down, so there is no question of over-supply."


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