About 90 million bushels of fresh-market U.S. apples had yet to shipped as of Jan. 1, 10% more than last year at the same time.
The January total is also 11% higher than the five-year average, according to the monthly Market News report from the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association.
Stocks of all five major apple varieties were up over a year ago. Fujis made the biggest jump from 2012: about 14.9 bushels were still in storage on Jan. 1, up from 8.8 million bushels last year.
Red delicious holdings rose from 28.1 million to 31 million bushels, galas from 13.6 million to 15.1 million bushels, golden delicious from 9.1 million to 9.9 million bushels and granny smiths from 9 million to 9.2 million bushels.