March apple holdings down 7%

From The Packer | 21 March 2023

Overview of apples in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on March 16, 2023. 

Fresh apple holdings on March 1 totaled 62 million bushel cartons, 7.3% less than the same time last year, according to a U.S. Apple Association survey.

U.S. processing holdings totaled 26.4 million cartons, 8.5% less than last year on March 1, the report said.

Washington state growers accounted for about 84% of the total fresh apple volume remaining as of March 1, according to the report.

Prices for apples are up big compared with a year ago. The USDA reported the average fob price for fresh apples on March 11 was $34.86 per carton, up 28% from $27.32 per carton at the same time a year ago.

apple prices by package

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

The total number of apples in storage on March 1 was pegged at 88.4 million cartons, 7.7% less than last March’s total of 95.8 million cartons and 9.2% less than the five-year average for that date.

Selected fresh market varieties in storage on March 1, compared with the same time a year ago:

– Total varieties: 62.01 million cartons, down 7.3% from 66.9 million cartons.

– Ambrosia: 1.06 million cartons, up 3% from 1.03 million cartons.

– Cosmic Crisp: 4.2 million cartons, up 55% from 2.7 million cartons.

– Fuji: 7.3 million cartons, down 3% from 7.49 million cartons.

– Gala: 13.1 million cartons, up 15% from 11.4 million cartons.

– Golden delicious: 2.4 million cartons, down 19% from 2.98 million cartons.

– Granny smith: 6.7 million cartons, down 33% from 10 million cartons.

– Honeycrisp: 5.5 million cartons, down 21% from 6.97 million cartons.

– Pink Lady/cripps pink: 4.54 million cartons, down 17% from 5.46 million cartons.

– Red delicious: 10.2 million cartons, down 17% from 12.3 million cartons.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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