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Apple Industry at a Glance

December 05, 2013

Apple Harvest Techniques, Statistics and Reports

A quick look at apple harvesting:

 

 
2012 Crop Year, Fresh Apples

Value

$ 3.11 billion

 

Production

6.02 billion lbs

(2,730,000 MT)

Domestic Consumption

4.51 billion lbs

(2,046,000 MT)

Exports

1.91 billion lbs

(867,000 MT)

Imports

404 million lbs

(183,000 MT)

Bearing Acres

327,800

 

 
 

U.S. Fresh Apple Market

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Prepared by FPP using data from FAS, USDA

The U.S. supply of apples remains fairly constant, yet it remains as one America’s most valuable crops. Every U.S. state produces apples, and 29 grow apples commercially. Washington State produces 60 percent of the nation’s apples. Roughly 30 percent of all American apples are sold processed.

In addition, the exports have gradually increased while imports remain constant as seen below. The drop in production combined increasing exports indicates that a much larger portion of U.S. apple production is sold abroad.

U.S. Fresh Apple Trade

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Prepared by FPP using data from FAS, USDA

 

 

2012/13 Major Players in Apple Market

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Prepared by FPP using data from FAS, USDA

The United States is the third largest producer of apples. They follow China, at a soaring 38 million metric tons, and the European Union, at 11.3 million metric tons. While the U.S. only accounts for 6 percent of the total world production, it accounts for 15 percent of all exports.

 
 
2012 Crop Year, Apple Juice

Production

558 million liters

Domestic Consumption

2.31 billion liters

Exports

33.8 million liters

Imports

1.78 billion liters

 

U.S. Fresh vs. Processed Apples

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Prepared by FPP using data from FAS, USDA

 

Global Agricultural Information Network Reports

The following countries’ GAIN reports concerning apples have been released this year:

            Argentina – Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual
            Argentina – Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual 2013
            Chile – Fresh apples, table grapes, fresh pears and apple juice
            Germany – Results of German Fruit Tree Census
            India – 2013 Apple Product Brief
            India – Exporter Guide
            Israel – Breaking Bread with Israelis
            Italy – Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual 2012
            New Zealand – Apple and Pear Sector Report May 2013
            South Africa – Exports Strong despite Rising Cost Structure

To access the World Markets and Trade report for 2013, click here.

For more information on apple production and marketing, click here.

 

 

The Federal Register

Crop Profiles, Harvesting and Trade

Agency and Congressional Hearings

Congressional Legislation

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