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Fresh apples in storage across the U.S were 12% higher on Feb. 1 than a year ago, according to the U.S. Apple Association’s monthly MarketNews report.

At 87.9 million 42-pound bushels, the Feb. 1 apple storage totals were just 4% over the five-year fresh apple numbers, according to the apple association.

Apples in storage for processing markets on Feb. 1 totaled 34.9 million bushels, a 20% increase from the same time last season. Overall fresh/processing apples in storage Feb. 1 were 122.8 million bushels, a 14% increase from the past season, and 4% above the five-year average, according to the U.S. Apple Association.

The leading fresh variety apples, in millions of bushels, in storage Feb. 1 were:

  • Red delicious: 19.13
  • Gala: 18.72
  • Fuji: 11.16
  • Granny smith: 11.04
  • Honeycrisp: 8.32
  • Golden delicious: 5.88

The availability of Cosmic Crisps dropped from 175,238 bushels to 44,762 bushels on Feb. 1, according to the report.

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