Mexico increases imports of apples from Washington

Mexico's apple consumption has become more relevant in recent years, especially since the country began to import apples produced in the state of Washington, which could meet the demand for this fruit in the Mexican counter season.

Currently, the country's annual per capita consumption stands at 8.1 kg, according to the Agricultural Food Atlas 2018 of the Ministry of Agriculture. “Mexico imports 12 to 14 million boxes of apples a year from the United States and produces 130 million boxes a year. 14,000 trucks cross the border to Mexico on a daily basis to export those 14 million boxes,” stated Juan Carlos Moreira, the representative of Manzanas de Washington in Mexico. 15 years ago, Mexico barely imported 8 million boxes from Washington, which means that imports from that state have increased by 75% during that period.

More than 1,200 families of farmers in that US state produce the apples from Washington, which are sold in more than 60 countries and exported by 20 companies. The main apple varieties exported are the Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, and Cripps Pink varieties.

Today the main apple producing entities in Mexico are Chihuahua, with about 589,227 tons in 2017, Puebla with 36,773 tons, Durango with 32,652 tons, Coahuila with 22,653 tons, and Veracruz with 9,431 tons, according to the Agricultural Food Atlas.



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