The fall in prices observed in May in the Polish apple market has been mainly due to issues in the quality of the harvest caused by the frosts recorded in spring. During that month, prices fell by 66% compared to those of the same period of 2018, according to data provided by the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics of Poland (IAFE).
The fall in prices is only creating additional problems to some apple producers and exporters. Due to the losses generated by the weather, some Polish producers have started importing apples from several countries to sell to supermarkets or export to Germany.
Chile and the world
According to the information provided in the Fresh Fruit Bulletin, prepared by the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (Odepa), in 2018, Chile exported 775,000 tons of fresh apples, compared to the 716,000 tons exported in 2017. From the beginning of the year up until May 2019, 314,000 tons have been exported; slightly below the 329,000 tons exported up until May 2018. The FOB price per kilo of the fruit exported to date has been 0.98 dollars per kilo, higher than the 0.94 dollars per kilo of the same period of 2018.
According to Odepa data, globally, the main importer between January and May 2019 was India, with 40,393 tons of fresh apples, and the second biggest was the United States, with 33,596 tons. In the same period, the European Union accounted for 15.9% of the all fresh apple exports, reaching around 50,000 tons, with a 33.9% drop in terms of volume compared to the same period of 2018. In the EU, the main destinations were the Netherlands (14,666 tons) and the United Kingdom (12,293 tons).
Source: Agrimundo / simfruit.cl