AMA: Austrian apple stocks 7% below last year's levels

Weak yields, delayed storage and small sizes

As the temperatures are dropping, Austrian consumers are shifting towards citrus fruits, as is typical for the season. In November, business developed accordingly. The cross-variety price for dessert apples, conventional, packed in commercial packaging (at the ramp), was able to hold its ground at a thoroughly adequate level of EUR 0.99/kg, a nice increase of 14% over the previous month, according to the latest AMA report.

Weak yields, delayed storage and small sizes brought AMA apple stocks (organic and conventional) to 78,100 t as of November 1. This corresponds to a 7% decrease compared to the corresponding level of the previous year. In view of the again below-average production and the appealing domestic remuneration, no manifest export interest is likely to arise after the turn of the year, apart from the programs already concluded.

Dessert apples, conv. and bio. KL I+II from commercial plants, pure varieties in %.

Domestic carrot harvest good
After interruptions due to the weather, the main stored carrot harvest came to an end in the course of November. At 117,500 tons, it was at a good level, 14% above the 5-year average. Producer prices for Lower Austrian edible carrots were unchanged from the previous month at 42.50 EUR/dt, about 10% below last year's levels. In view of rising production costs, a slight price adjustment was implemented towards the end of the month.

Plentiful onions, also at European level
This year's domestic yields of edible onions are quite respectable. With 168,655 tons, the red-white-red onion harvest is 9% above the previous year and 14% above the 5-year average. The Lower Austrian producer prices for onions (loose, sorted) stagnated in November at 17.50 EUR/dt at the previous month's level. European crop forecasts also assume a strong harvest, which according to current estimates will be 7.4 million tons, 10% above last year. However, the outlook is not so rosy in all European nations. Limited harvests in Southeastern Europe could generate increased sales opportunities for domestic marketers. Marketable goods are abundantly available.

Source: AMA 

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