USDA Gain Report

Canada: 14 percent increase in apple production for MY 2018/19

In MY 2018/19, the US will remain Canada’s largest supplier of fresh apples, with an 80 percent market share. FAS/Ottawa forecasts a one percent decrease in Canadian imports of fresh apples, forecast at 220,000 tons for MY 2018/19.

FAS/Ottawa forecasts a 14 percent increase in apple production for MY 2018/19, up to 395,300 tons. This growth is attributable to better growing and weather conditions in Ontario and British Columbia.

Pear production continues to decline in Canada due to a decrease in planted area as farmers are converting to other fruit crops. FAS/Ottawa forecasts a 10 percent decline in fresh pear production, down to 8,700 tons for MY 2018/19.

The United States is forecast to maintain an import market share of over 50 percent for fresh pears. FAS/Ottawa forecasts a five percent increase in imports of fresh pears to 67,000 tons for MY 2018/19.

In MY 2018/19 the United States is forecast to maintain an import market share of over 50 percent of fresh table grapes. FAS/Ottawa forecasts a slight increase in imports due to the forecast 13 percent decline in fresh table grape production for MY 2018/19, down to 2,000 tons, because of a less optimal growing season in Ontario.

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