Although Poland is one of the world leaders in the exports of fresh apples, at times displacing China from the first place in terms of exports, in recent years it has more and more shifted its focus from the exports of apples to the exports of fresh pears.
Andriy Yarmak, economist at the Investment Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: “Over the past five years, Poland has been increasing its exports of pears at an average rate of 23% per year, or almost 13,000 tons, and reduced the exports of apples by 4% or 34,000 tons per year. At the same time, Poland increased its pear exports faster than any other country from the world’s top ten exporters of pears. Since bad weather had an equally negative effect on both apples and pears, this factor can be ignored. Thus, the shift in trends in favor of pears looks quite obvious.”
Due to the rapid growth in pear exports, Poland became ninth in the world among the leading exporters of pears, surpassing Italy and Portugal, by the end of 2020. According to expert forecasts, based on information from Polish sources, Poland could export more than 100,000 tons of pears in the 2020/21 season for the first time. The export of pears from Poland was only 25,000 tons five years ago.