Lower EU apple and pear volumes forecast

Apple production is set to be 25% down this year in the UK.

The World Apple and Pear Assocoation forecasts apple production in the EU at 9,343,000 tons. The pear production is estimated at 2,148,000 tons.

The UK apple crop is forecast at 137,000 tons, down from 183,000 in both 2015 and 2016. UK pear production is 25,000 tons, similar to recent years.

The EU forecast of apples is 21% lower than last year and 23% lower than the 2014-2016 average. For pears the estimate is 1% lower than last year and 8% lower compared to the 2014-2016 average. The apple harvest is the smallest in the last decade. The pear crop is the second smallest in the last 10 years. Only 2012 had a smaller crop. 

Frost during blossoming, and drought during spring and early summer caused the lower harvest and should lead to a more balanced supply.


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