Hungary expects to suffer shortage of apples by next June

As expected, mostly due to the impact of spring frosts, many apple producers in Hungary will obtain poor yields. The latest yield estimate, which pointed to a production totaling 300-350 thousand tons, is probably correct, although it will only be possible to make an accurate statement on this at the end of November, said Ferenc Apáti, vice-president of the FruitVeB Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council.

One-third of the total production will presumably be edible and the rest will be industrial grade. This means there will likely be 110-130 thousand tons of table apples, while 140-150 thousand tons are needed to meet the needs of the domestic market.

Due to this shortage, the domestic stocks will last until May-June, after which the country will most likely need imports until next August; similarly to what's happened this year. The situation of the table apple market is still better than that of the processing industry, where the deficit will be higher. The expected volume of industrial apples is 200-220 thousand tons, while the capacity of Hungarian processors (mainly juice plants) is 500 thousand tons.

There will thus be a shortage of about 20 percent in the case of table apples and of 50 or even 60 percent in that of the processing industry.



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