(UPDATED COVERAGE, April 13) Fresh-market U.S. apple holdings are 12% lower than last year at the same time.
About 42.4 million bushels were still waiting to be shipped on April 1, down from 48.2 million bushels a year ago, according to the April Market News report from the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association.
The April 1 total did, however, exceed the five-year average of 40.7 million bushels by 4%.
The only variety with more fresh product in storage compared to last year was gala, though red delicious was almost equal to its April 2009 level.
About 17.5 million bushels of reds were still in storage, down from 17.9 million. About 4.6 million bushels of fresh galas had yet to ship, up from 4.4 million.
Supplies of granny smith, golden delicious and fuji all were down significantly from April 1, 2009.
About 4.4 million bushels of grannies were on hand, down from 7.1 million.
Goldens fell from 7 million to 5.2 million, and fujis from 5.7 million to 4 million.