U.S. fresh-market apple holdings on March 1 were up 11% from a year ago.
The U.S. Apple Association’s storage report showed fresh inventories of 77.3 million (42-pound) cartons on March 1, up 11% from 69.8 million cartons a year ago and 15% more than the five-year average of 67.2 million cartons.
Fresh market inventories of red delicious apples on March 1 were 19.5 million cartons, 20% less than last year but up 6% from two years ago. March 6 shipping point prices for conventional size 72 Washington red delicious apples were priced at $12-17 per carton, depending on appearance. That was similar to the price range of a year ago, according to the USDA.
Fresh gala apple holdings on March 1 totaled 13.9 million cartons, up 7% from 12.9 million cartons a year ago and 46% higher than 9.5 million cartons on hand two years ago. March 6 shipping point prices for conventional Washington 72 galas were $19-30 per carton, depending on appearance. Last year at the same time, size 72 galas ranged from $16 to $23 per carton.
Fresh market granny smith holdings were 11.98 million cartons, up 83% from 6.5 million cartons a year ago and up 28% from 9.38 million cartons two years ago. Shipping point prices for size 72 conventional granny smith apples were $30 to $46 per carton, depending on appearance. A year ago, size 72 Washington granny smith prices were reported at $20-29 per carton, depending on appearance.
Honeycrisp fresh inventories on March 1 were 4.3 million cartons, nearly double from 2.29 million cartons a year ago and 2.23 million cartons a year ago. March 6 shipping point prices for conventional Honeycrisp apples were $45 to $64 per carton, depending on appearance. The USDA did not report on Honeycrisp apple prices in March a year ago.