Apples were the leading export commodity among U.S. fresh fruits and vegetables, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture trade statistics.
U.S. apple exports to all countries in 2012 totaled $1.07 billion, up 14% from 2011 and 30% higher than 2010. Fresh apple export sales to Mexico totaled $284 million, up 43% from 2011 and 31% higher than 2010. Meanwhile, the USDA said that fresh apple exports to Canada in 2012 were $190 million, 40% more than 2011 and 29% above 2010 sales.
Grapes were the second ranked export commodity for the U.S. in terms of value, according to the USDA.
Total U.S. fresh grape exports in 2012 totaled $799.7 million, up 11% from 2011 and 26% above 2010. Exports of grapes to Canada were $219.6 million, up 11% from a 2011 and 18% higher than 2010. Exports of grapes to Mexico $76.6 million, up 18% from 2011 and more than double 2010 exports, according to the USDA.
Berries were the third-ranked U.S. fresh produce export, with $717.8 million on total sales in 2012, up 11% from 2011 and 25% higher than 2010. Canada was the biggest market for U.S. fresh berries, accounting for $592.4 million in U.S. berry purchases in 2012, up 9% from 2011 and 25% higher than two years ago. Export sales of berries to Mexico totaled $16.7 million in 2012, up 22% from a year ago and 31% above two years ago.
A partial list of U.S. fresh commodities with double-digit gains in export sales in 2012 also included cherries (up 22%), pears (up 17%), peaches (up 17%), broccoli (up 15%), and lemons and limes (up 10%), according to the USDA.
Among top selling items, U.S. fresh commodities that suffered double digit declines in exports sales during 2012 included grapefruit (down 11%), tomatoes (off 18%), plums (down 11%), sweet corn (down 10%) and mushrooms (down 26%).