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France: Apple and pear stock +36%

The French store of apples and pears for the season 2013-2014 for the fresh market has increased. Agreste announced this after distributing questionnaires among 220 cooling houses. At the end of October 2013 the stock of apples was 36% higher than in 2012 and 2% higher than the five year average. This is due to the increase in production of 26% compared to 2012. Prognosfruits expects a European apple harvest of +7%/2012 and +2%/2008-2012.

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The demand is mainly for faraway export. There is also demand due to offers in the large supermarkets. The price has been higher than the five year average since August, the start of the season. At the end of October it was +20%. The apple stores consist mainly of Golden (43%), followed by Gala (15%) and Granny Smith (14%).

The pear supply was 37% higher in October than in the same period in 2012 and 16% more than the five year average. The production has increased by 19%, but decreased by 2% compared to the five year average. This is reflected in Prognosfruits' expectations, which are that the European pear harvest will increase by 18% this season, but decrease by 4% compared to the five year average. 

The price of pears was 22% higher in August than the average between 2008-2012. There was still a lot of summer fruit in September, but the prices remained around the average. In October there was competition between summer pears like Williams and autumn pears. At the end of October the demand decreased due to high temperatures. The competition with the Belgian Conference pear became tangible. The prices decreased, but remain 12% higher than the average of the previous 5 years.

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