In 2021/22 EU orange production is expected to decline by 3% to 6.4 million t (stable compared to 5-year average) driven by a 4% drop in IT (29% of the EU production) notably due to adverse weather conditions. Production in ES, the main producer of oranges in the EU with 52% of the EU total production, should remain stable.
Almost 85% of the total production (5.4 million t) is expected to be sold fresh (-2% year-on-year and 5% above 5-year average) with the remaining 1 million t going into processing. EU orange area is forecast to increase by 1% to 250 000 ha compared to 2020/21 (still 9% below 5-year average).
The bad weather conditions in IT should push overall yields down to 25 t/ha a 5% decrease year-on-year (but 10% above 5-year average).