EU 27 apples, pears and grapes: Down and out

11/08/2010 02:23:36 PM
Tom Karst

 Pears The EU-27 is the world’s second largest producer of pears after China. Overall commercial pear production in MY 2010/11 is estimated at 2.2 MMT, which is down by 14 percent compared to the previous marketing year. This is largely due to lower yields resulting from unfavorable weather conditions.

Only production in Spain is expected to be up, by 11 percent. Non-commercial production in MY 2010/11 is expected to be 20 percent lower than in MY 2009/10 and will account for 120,000 MT. Lower availability (reduced production and smaller stocks) of pears in MY 2010/11 is expected to influence prices positively and increase imports. Almost three quarters of EU-27 pear imports come from Argentina and South Africa.

Table Grapes The EU-27 is a leader in table grape production. Italy, Spain, and Greece account for 90 percent of EU production. After a dramatic drop over the past decade, EU table grape area continues to decline, albeit at a slower pace. The main factors behind the decline are reduced profitability due to increasing production costs and strong competition from other suppliers. In MY 2010/11, table grape production is estimated to decline by 5.6 percent compared to last year and will reach 1.9 MMT.

This is mainly due to unfavorable weather conditions and reduced yields in Greece and some areas of Spain. The EU-27 is a net importer of fresh table grapes. As a consequence of reduced domestic supply, imports into the EU in MY 2010/11 are likely to increase. South Africa and Chile are the major external suppliers for the EU market.


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