During the first quarter of 2020, Argentine apple producers placed 93,900 tons in the domestic market, a figure that is 36% higher than the volume placed in the same period of 2019 and highest volume sold to the domestic market between January and April in the last 20 years, according to data presented by the Agricultural Food Health and Quality National Service, Senasa.
Despite the greater demand for this fruit in the market, even with the good numbers of the first four months of this year per capita consumption continues to be low when compared to the indexes achieved decades ago and that of other countries from the region. Argentina's apple consumption exceeded 12 kilos per capita up until the mid-1990s; however, the numbers achieved in the first quarter of 2020 would amount to nearly 8 kilos per capita.
The world's average apple consumption is almost twice as big as in Argentina, and it is far from the one there is in countries that didn't use to have an apple production, such as Chile, which currently consumes 13 kilos per capita.
Apple prices in the domestic market remain steady, especially for the batches that have good quality and size. According to data from Buenos Aires' Central Market (MCBA), last month apple prices in the wholesale market ranged between 35 and 65 pesos per kilo. An important value when compared to the prices that this same fruit is achieving in the different points of sale abroad.
Between January and April 2020, the internal market absorbed 39% of the fruit marketed. 13% was exported and the remaining 48% went to the elaboration of concentrated juices.
According to Senasa, in the same period of the year, 52,300 tons of pears were placed in the local market. This figure reflects a nearly 3% year-on-year increase.
According to Senasa data, even though the levels of operations are high, in the first four months of 2009 more than 55,000 tons were placed in the local market.
In this first part of the year, 49% of the pear was exported. About 37% was sent to the industry and only 14% went to the domestic market.