December 11, 2017

Fresh Deciduous Fruit: World Markets and Trade (Apples, Grapes, & Pears)

World production for 2017/18 is projected down 2.6 million metric tons (tons) to 76.2 million as unseasonable freezes affected orchards in the EU, more than offsetting gains in China. Production losses are expected to dampen consumption to 64.6 million tons and to lower trade as reduced EU production affects both exports and imports.

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