Fresh apple inventories are up, according to U.S. Apple. ( File Photo )

U.S. fresh-market apple supplies are up and shipping point prices are generally down compared with a year ago.

U.S. fresh-market apple holdings of 95.6 million cartons on Feb. 1, 12% more a year ago and 17% more than the five-year average, according to the U.S. Apple Association’s Market News report.

Washington accounted for 90% of total fresh market apples in storage on Feb. 1, compared with 5% for New York and 2% for Michigan, according to the report.

Fresh market supply of gala apples totaled 17.7 million cartons on Feb. 1, up 10% from last year and 45% higher than two years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average monthly f.o.b. price for Washington gala apples in February was $24.82 per carton, down from $27.51 per carton in February 2017.

Fresh market supply of Honeycrisp apples on Feb. 1 totaled 5.7 million cartons, up 81% from a year ago and 96% higher than two years ago. The average monthly f.o.b. price for Washington Honeycrisp apples in February was $49.22 per carton, down from the February 2017 average of $62.23 per carton.

Red delicious fresh market supply totaled 24.12 million cartons, down 4% from a year ago and up 12% from two years ago. The average f.o.b. price for Washington red delicious apples in February was $15.26 per carton, down from $17.11 per carton in February last year.

Granny smith fresh market apples in storage on Feb. 1 totaled 13.57 million cartons, up 63% from a year ago and 24% above two years ago. The USDA reported that the average f.o.b. price for granny smith apples in February was $27.82 per carton, up from $23.71 per carton in February 2017.

 

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