During the ongoing marketing year prices remain firm above the historical reference period, as expected, due to a smaller crop, especially in France and Poland.
Although the fresh market is doing well, some tensions are observed in the market of apples for processing in Poland with high levels of supply (the opposite in France); there is a relatively higher proportion of apples of lower quality or damaged by extreme weather events that can only go to the industry, especially in Poland.
The new marketing year (2020/21) started on 1 August 2020. WAPA/Prognosfruit delivered production forecasts for 21 Member States. The volume of the EU27 crop is estimated to be around 10,585,000 tons; the UK represents around 2% of the EU27 crop.
There are indications pointing to a fresh volume of the Polish crop even smaller than initially expected for reasons of extreme weather events and absence of sufficient labour connected to the sanitary crisis.
The volume of the new crop is 7% less than the 5 year reference average. Given the small incoming volumes confirmed for the new crop, Stocks during the ongoing campaign should remain at moderate (low levels in France an Poland).