Despite regional losses, apple holdings up 4% - The Packer

Despite regional losses, apple holdings up 4%

11/13/2012 10:50:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Through Nov. 10, 1.21 bilion pounds of apples had been shipped in the U.S. year-to-date, up from 1.09 billion last year at the same time, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About 644 million pounds had shipped from Washington, up from 494 million pounds last year.

Demand was strong and prices higher across the board for St. Louis-based retailer William A. Straub, said Greg Lehr, produce category specialist.

On average, prices in mid-November were about 50 cents per pound higher than the year before, Lehr said. And products including three-pound bags of Michigan jonathans were substantially higher.

But Lehr said he expects to have supplies of jonathans, mcintoshes, empires and other Midwestern and Eastern varieties at least through the end of the year.

“They’re still available, and I think they’ll be there for a little while,” he said. “The pricing has been the biggest difference.”

About 35 million bushels of red delicious had yet to be shipped on Nov. 1, up from 34 million last year at the same time, according to the U.S. Apple report.

Supplies of fresh-market galas, fujis and golden delicious also are up from 2011.

Gala volumes rose from 18 million to 20.6 million bushels, fujis from 11.8 million to 15.5 million bushels and golden delicious from 11.3 million to 12.3 million bushels.

Granny smith holdings fell slightly, from 11.6 million bushels on Nov. 1, 2011, to 11.5 million bushels this year.

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