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The U.S. Apple Association reports fresh market apples in storage on June 1 totaled 31.6 million cartons, up 24% compared with the same time a year ago.

The group, in its last report on the 2017 crop, said inventories of fresh and processing apples totaled 45.9 million cartons on June 1, up 28% from June 1 last year.

Washington accounted for the lion’s share of the remaining 2017 crop, with the state’s fresh inventories of 29.8 million cartons accounting for 94% of total June 1 U.S. fresh apple supply.

Most varieties showed increased inventories compared with a year ago.

June 1 U.S. fresh inventories, with percentage differences from a year ago, were:

  • Red delicious: 8.176 million cartons, down 31%;
  • Granny smith: 6.51 million cartons, up 308%;
  • Gala: 4.84 million cartons, up 22%;
  • Fuji: 4.054 million cartons, up 47%;
  • Golden delicious: 2.067 million cartons, up 41%;
  • Honeycrisp: 1.457 million cartons, up 459%; and
  • Cripps/Pink Lady: 1,289 million cartons, down 21%.

Despite the elevated inventories, prices were holding strong compared with last year at the same time.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported average shipping point prices for Washington size 80 apples (fine appearance) on June 7, compared with a year ago, were:

  • Red delicious: $17-19 per carton, up from $12.50-16 a year ago;
  • Gala:$18-25 per carton, up from $18-$22.50 a year ago;
  • Golden delicious: $26-29 per carton, up from $24.90-28.90 a year ago;
  • Fuji: $25-30 per carton, up from $24.90-28.90 a year ago;
  • Granny Smith: $29-35 per carton, up from $28-30.90; and 
  • Honeycrisp: $64-70 per carton, (no quote a year ago.)