The ongoing 2021/22 crop for EU27 has been estimated to be 5% higher than the preceding five year average and 10 % above the ‘small’ crop of the past marketing year. After two years of below average crop volumes and relatively high prices, the new marketing year could have prices coming to normal levels.
In the short term, export logistics will remain a huge challenge in many parts of the world, although the EU is somewhat less affected by that situation.
The first year of the pandemic registered firm demand, the second year a coming back to normal levels. Still, the sector faces temporarily several challenges: high maritime freight rates, lack of labor (in particular lorry drivers) and rising costs (especially energy, transportation fees and other farm inputs).
The November EU apple price -average of the four main producers- is at €76 per 100 kg. This is €3 below the monthly 5-year maximum.