US: Apple stocks increase compared to last year

Despite the heavy losses of crops in Michigan and New York, apples stocks in the United States are 9% higher than a year ago.

Around 103 million boxes of fresh apples were in stock on Dec 1st, compared to the 95 million boxes December 1, 2011. This is 9% higher than the average in the last five years, according to the Market Report of December delivered in the Vienna Convention, Virginia, by the USA Apple Assotiation.

The losses that were a result of the frost in Michigan and New York, are still offset by an expected record harvest in Washington.

Meanwhile, for varieties, about 34 million cases correspond to Red Delicious, compared with 31.5 million bushels during the same period of last year.

Stocks also rose for other varieties like Gala, which rose from 16.2 million to 17.6 million boxes, Fujis went from 10.4 to 17 million boxes, Golden Delicious increased from 10 million to 11.1 million boxes and Granny Smiths went from 10.3 million to 10.8 million boxes.

Source: SimFRUIT

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