Southern Hemisphere apple export volumes expected to rise 8% in 2011
The total volume of exported apples from growing countries in the Southern Hemisphere is expected to grow 8% in 2011 to reach a total of 1.8 million tons, according to preliminary estimates from fruit consultancy iQonsulting.
Increases are expected in all countries, except for Brazil, which has a strong internal market and strong local currency that will dissuade exporting. In this case, exports are expected to drop by 7% compared to 2010, although this scenario could change.
Argentina could see an increase of up to 21%, reaching a total of 211, 233 tons. However this estimate will have to be revised in coming weeks because weather conditions have not permitted proper growth of the fruit, and as a result a larger than usual proportion will not reach export sizes.
In the cases of Chile and South Africa, iQonsulting expects modest increases of 4% and 8%, respectively. In both cases the fruit is developing normally and showing a good appearance. Volumes are estimated at 869,411 tons and 320,135 tons, respectively.
New Zealand will show significant growth levels this year, increasing 16% to reach 300,900 tons, driven mainly by a 25% increase in the Braeburn variety.
Source: iQonsulting/ www.freshfruitportal.com