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EU27 apple crop will see smaller fruit sizes and lower volumes

The new crop 2022/23 for EU27 has been estimated by WAPA at a volume very similar to the preceding crop; during the month of August 2022, however, several Member States registered droughts and heatwaves that will result in smaller fruit sizes and, therefore, lower volumes.

The new crop will be smaller than anticipated, especially the part going to fresh consumption. We have prepared an updated table with the expected volumes by Member State; as soon as we get additional information information the table will be further updated.

The volume of stocks on 1 July 2022, a part of which will be transferred to the new marketing year is 518 930 tonnes.

Experts in the sector are optimistic about levels of prices for the new crop. The unfortunate extreme weather events have brought lower volumes that are within the manageable level band.

The sector faces temporarily several challenges:

  • Rising input costs (especially energy, transportation fees and other farm inputs
  • Bottlenecks and high costs on road a vessel transport (including inland transport
  • Labour shortage (especially for harvesting).

China, the largest world producer of apples, has forecasted a new crop volume about 20% smaller than expected and this represents about 9 million tonnes less than normal.


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Source: agriculture.ec.europa.eu

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