The U.S. apple production has been steadily growing over the last 75 years, and the projections indicate an upward trend increasing by 6.1% by 2025.
USDA forecasted the total 2021 apple crop to be 3% higher than 2020 crop. With the new information collected at the USApple Conference, however, the current crop is expected to be 6% 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 6% above last year, but now, is forecasted to be 5% smaller than 2020.
Washington State’s crop is 65% of the total U.S. crop, so volume variances have a significant impact on total production.
Besides Washington, New York (-9%) and Michigan (-17%) have the largest impact on the overall reduction. Both states suffered from late spring frosts, and the smaller crop is not a surprise.
|USDA 2021/22 Forecast||2021/22 USApple||2020/21||5-Yr. Average|
|By Variety||WA||By Variety||US|
|Red Delicious||16%||Red Delicious||13%|
|Pink Lady/Cripps Pink||6%||Golden Delicious||5%|
|Golden Delicious||4%||Pink Lady/Cripps Pink||5%|
A quick mention about the Cosmic Crisp variety:
Meanwhile, organic apples maintain their importance for the apple packers in Washington State. Their premium to the packing houses is 8% over conventional apples. U.S. retail median price for a conventional apple is $1.29/lb, for organic the price is $1.99/lb, a difference of $0.72/lb. 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.