( WAPA )

European apple production in 2018 will be way up and the region’s pear output will grow moderately, according to a new forecast.

At the Prognosfruit Conference in Warsaw, Poland, the World Apple and Pear Association on Aug. 9 released this season’s European apple and pear crop estimates. The 2018 European apple crop will reach 12.6 million metric tons, according to a news release, up 36% from a year ago and 3% higher than the average crop from 2014-16. The group said this year’s apple crop is rebounding to full potential after frosts in April and early May 2017 slashed European apple prospects.

The group said the European pear crop is forecast at 2.3 million metric tons, up 4% compared with a year ago and 3% larger than the three-year average.

Russia still has an embargo in place against European apples and the release said efforts to diversify the market and boost consumption need to continue. 

The current president of the World Apple and Pear Association is Todd Fryhover, president of the Wenatchee-based Washington Apple Commission.