Aug 11, 2017European apple crop estimate down 21 percent
According to the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA), 2017 European apple crop is estimated to be 21 percent below the 2016 crop and 23 percent below the three-year average. WAPA estimated the crop to be 9.34 million metric tons or 489 million bushels.
Approximately 324 million bushels are projected for the fresh market. Golden Delicious is estimated to be down 18 percent; Gala is estimated to be down 3 percent; Ida Red down 30 percent; Red Delicious down 9 percent; and club varieties down 15 percent.
The decline was attributed to spring freeze and drought in spring and early summer.
In other non-EU apple growing regions, Russia is projected to be down 37 percent; Mexico down 30 percent; and Canada down 5 percent.
Source: World Apple and Pear Association