Apples to rise as pears fall in Southern Hemisphere
The data collected from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa forecasts a total apple crop of 5.6 million metric tons (MT), up 4% over 2013. Exports were forecast to grow even more, by 6% to 1.8 million MT.
Pears, in contrast, are expected to experience a 5% drop in volume to 1.5 million MT and a 3% drop in exports to 724,864MT.
Chile will likely continue to lead as the top Southern Hemisphere apple producer, with WAPA calculating 1.87 million MT from the South American nation, representing a 15% increase over 2013.
Brazil, coming in second for volume, is also expected to grow by 12% to 1.2 million MT.
New Zealand shows the least favorable apple forecast, with a 10% decline down to 495,000MT.
Gala represents the largest apple variety with 1.7 million MT, but output for the variety is expected to be down by 2% year-on-yaer and down 5% compared to the three-year average.
Apple varieties expected to experience the strongest growth are Granny Smith, up 22% to 891,000MT, followed by Fuji, up 13% to 730,000MT.
For pears, Argentina takes the top spot for volume, despite a decline of 8% compared to 2013. The nation is set to produce 794,000MT.
Pear volumes from the next largest producer, South Africa, are also forecast to decline 5% to 346,000MT.
New Zealand is expected to experience the largest dip, with a 17% drop, down to 10,000MT.
Production of the top pear variety, Packham’s Triumph, should to grow 4% to a total 522,000MT. The next largest variety, Williams, was expected to drop 14%, down to 489,000 MT.