World production of apples for the 2012/2013 season is expected to rise 2 percent compared with the previous year to a record 67.5 million metric tons, according to the “Fresh Deciduous Fruit (Apples, Grapes & Pears): World Markets and Trade” report by the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
In the Northern Hemisphere, record apple crops in China this year are predicted to more than offset reductions in the European Union and the U.S. In the Southern Hemisphere, production is expected to be flat.
Annual global trade of apples is anticipated to rise marginally to a record 5.5 million tons. U.S. exports are expected to gain 5 percent as strong demand coupled with tight supplies in other key exporting countries bolster market opportunities, the report said.
World production of grapes in 2012/2013 is estimated at a record 17.2 million metric tons, largely driven by China, according to the study. World trade is also estimated at a record 2.5 million tons, with U.S. exports expected to be 3 percent higher year-over-year.
Furthermore, global pear production this year is expected to remain basically flat at 21.9 million tons, as China’s expanding production continues to meet its own rising demand, the report said. However, reduced production in the EU and the U.S. has tightened world supplies. Trade is expected to remain at 1.8 million tons.