The U.S. apple production has been steadily growing over the last 75 years, and the projections indicate an upward trend increasing by 7.6% by 2026. From 2007 to 2021, the number of apple-bearing acres in the U.S. fell by around 17% but at the same time, production increased by more than 8%. Most of these gains are due to significant reinvestments to develop higher density orchards. (Source: US Apple Industry Outlook 2022)
USDA forecasted the total 2022 apple crop to be 3% higher than 2021 crop. With the new information collected at the USApple Conference in mid-August, however, the current crop is expected to be 2% shorter than last year’s. The main driver for the drastic change in direction is the crop in Washington State, which was expected to be 3% below last year’s, but now, is forecasted to be 11% smaller than 2021.
Washington State’s crop is 60%-65% of the total U.S. crop, so volume variances have a significant impact on U.S. total production.
Washington State is followed by New York with 32.3M bushels (+1.3% from 2021), Michigan with 26.2M bushels (+89% from last year’s terrible crop), “other” states with 13.9M (flat), Pennsylvania with 11M (-17% from 2021), and then California, Virginia, and Oregon.
|USDA 2022/23 Forecast||2022/23 USApple||2021/22||5-Yr. Average|
|By Variety||WA||By Variety||US|
|Red Delicious||15%||Red Delicious||13.6%|
|Pink Lady/Cripps Pink||6%||Golden Delicious||7%|
|Cosmic Crisp||5%||Pink Lady/Cripps Pink||4%|
A quick mention about the Cosmic Crisp variety:
Meanwhile, organic apples maintain their importance in the market. Their premium to the packing houses is 16% over conventional apples. U.S. retail median price for conventional apples is $1.35/lb, for organic the price is $2.12/lb, a difference of $0.77/lb. or 57%. There is significant interest in increasing production of organic apples.
Apples, both organic and conventional, are part of FruitSmart’s core business; contact us today for your apple needs, especially cold pressed NFC, apple juice.