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China: Apple's overall sales speed has accelerated, and late ripening fruits may reduce production

From July to September, the sales volume of apples in cold storage nationwide was 2.5683 million tons, which was higher than the level of 212.7 million tons in the same period last year, and the sales speed was significantly accelerated. On the one hand, early-ripening apples performed well in the market, which attracted the attention of the market. As Gala sales ended, the quality declined, and the impact of early-ripening apples on Fuji apples gradually eased. On the other hand, since the beginning of autumn, the temperature has gradually gotten down, and the demand for summer fruits has been weakened. Apple, as a warm fruit, has rich nutrition, better taste and low price, which has won the favor of the market. Compared with the previous month, the sales situation has improved significantly. With the increase in de-stocking, the previous-season apples have entered the end of sales, and the prices in some producing areas have risen slightly.

In terms of the main producing areas, there has been a lot of rainfall in the northwest recently, so the harvest of late-ripening Fuji has been delayed with fewer red fruits, and high-quality ones on the market are in short. Many merchants go to Shandong to look for good products in cold storage. The focus of the market has gradually shifted to the output and quality of the new season apples. A severe frost disaster occurred in the apple production area last year, which caused a nationwide reduction in apple production due to its wide impact and a long period of time. Although there was no long-term, large-scale frost in the production area this year, severe convective weather was more frequent. Hail and heavy rainfall occurred successively in apple-producing areas such as Gansu, Shandong, Shanxi and Shaanxi.

The new season apples enter the debagging period. At present, the early-ripening Fuji has basically ended debagging in Shaanxi, some of the late-ripening Fuji are purchased when they are still in green, and some late-ripening Fuji has begun to be ordered. Previous market research shows that although the eastern region, such as Weihai, Shandong, has reduced production by a large margin, the western region is a year of recovery and increase in production. Therefore, the national output change is expected to be limited.

However, the current situation is different than before. On the one hand, in the Northwest region during the early-ripening market stage, it has been reported that there are generally small sizes and poor coloring. The same problem occurs in late-ripening apples, which may lead to a decrease in production; on the other hand, the impact of the hail disaster on September 20 was larger than before, including Luochuan and Fuxian, the "hometown of apples". The damage to the appearance quality of the apples in the unpacking period was irreversible. However, it takes time to statistically evaluate the actual degree of impact caused by the severe convective weather.


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