In particular, the EU's largest apple grower, Poland, received "huge support" for cold stores and other infrastructure on joining the EU, he pointed out. "Production has since increased dramatically, which is partly why we are now faced with oversupply. I don't think it was thought through."
In the wake of the Russian ban on fresh-produce imports from the EU in August, followed by the establishment and then suspension of an EU scheme to support affected growers, Barlow said: "The result is a lot of congestion in the market. The juice market is non-existent due to oversupply."