Industrial apples in Ukraine, Moldova and Russia: will prices increase?

Despite record apple harvests in the Ukraine, Moldova and Russia region and the completion of harvesting of late varieties, prices for industrial apples are not dropping. There is even a tendency for industrial apple prices to rise in Poland, to 0.30-0.35 PLN/kg ($0.07-0.09/kg).

Despite the fact that the demand for apple juice concentrate has been declining globally for many years in a row, the supply and demand have now stabilized. Therefore, if its production rises or falls sharply, prices react more sharply.

Given the global inflation rates, as well as the record figures ​​the FAO Food Price Index reached, prices for apple juice concentrate have also started to rise. The growth in prices was further enhanced by the factor of a sharp increase in the cost of transportation. Accordingly, sales markets and producers are separated by large distances.

However, the most important factor was a larger than expected decline in the US apple harvest in 2021. According to preliminary estimates of local associations, the apple harvest in the US may turn out to be the lowest in the last 9 years, which has already affected the apple concentrate market. As less raw material became available, the US demand for imports increased sharply.


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