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Italy: 2013/2014 Apple production

The 2013 apple harvesting campaign started 10-12 days late everywhere and has not ended yet. On the basis of the data available at the beginning of November, we can have a more updated picture of the productive situation.

In general, there were not many problems linked with the phitosanitary situation. The summer weather and thinning carried out by fruit growers made it possible to limit the impact of scab. 

Though the grades of fruits were smaller than usual.

The hail which hit some areas in Trentino Alto Adige contributed to increasing the quantity of apples destined to industrial processing.

In November, the total volume of apples produced in Italy in 2013 was estimated at 2,107,166 tonnes, an intermediate figure between 2011 (2,292,762 tonnes) and 2012 (1,939,014 tonnes). The total quantity of apples available on the fresh market is of 1,807,512 tonnes with respect to the 1,731,426 tonnes of 2012.

There are 778,552 tonnes of Golden Delicious, less than both 2012 (811,85 tonnes) and 2011 (865,509 tonnes). There are 245,774 tonnes of Gala and 142,406 tonnes of Fuji.

In case of Red Delicious, the quantity harvested and available on the fresh market is of 201,720 tonnes, more than 2012 (170,611 tonnes) but less than 2011 (221,495 tonnes).

The organoleptic qualities of stored apples are excellent and fruits that were collected are in perfect condition.

The sales season is stabilizing at a good level, in line with expectations and it seems it will be positive for bigger grades.

The final production data will be available during the second week of December.

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