Southern hemisphere apple exports up, but pears down

Apple exports from the southern hemisphere are forecast to rise by six per cent to 1.8 million tonnes this year, while pear exports are expected to slip three per cent to 725,000 tonnes.

The figures were published by the World Apple & Pear Association during its AGM at the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin earlier this month (5-7 February).

They show Chile reinforcing its position as the south's largest apple producer, with an anticipated 15 per cent increase over last year's production to 1.9 million tonnes, while Argentina and New Zealand are both expected to fall back, by four and 10 per cent respectively.

Granny Smith will be the variety showing the highest percentage growth, followed by Fuji and Red Delicious, with Cripps Pink, Golden Delicious, Braeburn and Gala likely to show slight declines.

Argentina will remain the south's largest pear grower by a large margin, but Williams is expected to slip below Packham's as the most widely grown variety in 2014.

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