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Michigan Red Delicious and Gala apples expected to do well in Mexico

According to Diane Smith, the head of the Michigan Apple Committee, a decision to return to exporting apples to Mexico is a logical move. “With a record-sized crop this year--approximately 34.5 million bushels--Michigan’s apple industry is seeking existing and new markets for its apples,” says Smith. “It makes sense to increase our exports with so many apples in storage.” (In the 2021-2022 season, Michigan produced 15 million bushels of apples.)  

“With a record-sized crop this year, Michigan’s apple industry is seeking existing and new markets for its apples,” says Diane Smith.

This isn’t the first time the state has exported one of its key agricultural crops to Mexico. “It’s a market we used to have a good footprint in. However the phytosanitary requirements were cumbersome and expensive for the small number of trucks into Mexico so we stopped exporting there several years ago,” says Smith.

Exports coming back
That said, Central America remains a strong region for Michigan apple exports. “Exports everywhere slowed during the pandemic but they are slowly working their way back to previous levels,” Smith adds. Other key markets for the apples are Central America, the Caribbean and South America. “Mexico had challenges in the past but as crop sizes continue to increase in Michigan and elsewhere, the industry will be in need of additional markets for the fruit,” says Smith.

Other key markets for Michigan apples are Central America, the Caribbean and South America.

Historically, the experience was that mid-sized, red fruit does well in Mexico and Michigan growers and shippers anticipate that varieties such as Gala and Red Delicious will do well there.

Meanwhile, developments are underway to get shipments moving. “This week our inspector is here from Mexico to certify all the rooms that were approved so hopefully, it will be soon that loads of Michigan apples can head there,” says Smith.

For more information:
Diane Smith
Michigan Apple Committee                               
Tel: +1 (800) 456-2753                                    

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