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Stone fruit annual report

EU-28 production of peaches and nectarines in MY 2018/19 is estimated at 3.5 million MT, 12 percent lower compared to the previous campaign due to unfavourable weather conditions in most of the major producing countries.

On the other hand, total cherry production in MY 2018/19 is projected to grow to 793,058 MT, a 30 percent increase compared with last season. This increase is supported by expected strong growth in Poland and Germany. The value of EU-28 stone fruit exports continues to decline as a result of the 2014 Russian embargo imposed on agricultural and food products, including stone fruit, from the European Union. During MY 2017/18, EU imports of U.S. cherries increased significantly, valued at $ 9.4 million, and reinstated the United States as the fourth largest non-EU supplier of cherries.

Fresh Cherries (Sweet & Sour)
The main EU-28 producers of fresh cherries are Poland, Spain and Italy. Traditionally Germany was in fourth position but in the last few years, Greece and Hungary have surpassed German cherry production. There is also limited production in other EU MS, including Bulgaria, France and Portugal. Poland is the EU’s largest cherry processor transforming 75 percent of its cherry production.

Spain is the biggest exporter due to its early season harvest and Germany the biggest EU importer of cherry. Italy is the number one consumer of fresh cherries.


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