U.S. apple stocks lower in December
In the association's publication Market News, USApple reported holdings for the period stood at 106.3 million bushels.
In terms of processed holdings, the figure was down 10.5% at 41.9 million bushels.
In other news, USApple has also announced a US$20,000 donation to 12 school programs in conjunction with supporting brands, as part of a first-ever 'Apples for Education: Buy an Apple, Help a Student' classroom fundraising campaign.
The social media-fueled cause program featured 20,000 photo uploads of fans snacking on apples and partner products to vote for and support school nominees.
USApple director for consumer health and public relations Wendy Brannen said the campaign had been a fulfilling undertaking.
"It’s incredible that, with our 'Apple Buddies' Marzetti, KIND Snacks, Johnsonville Sausage and Roth Cheese, we have been able to raise $20,000 in our inaugural year for participating schools," Brannen said in a release.
"To know we can brighten these kids' days with a piece of playground equipment, enhance their chances of a sustainable education through iPads or robotics equipment, feed their bellies something nutritious from a new family garden - it is really moving.
The top five recipients are:
1. Langston Chapel Elementary School, Statesboro, GA | Playground Makeover: Creating a fun and safe space for kids to play with a total playground makeover.
2. Trinity Lutheran School, Conklin, MI | Rural Robotics: Enhancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs through a hands-on approach to exploring robotics.
3. Langston Chapel Elementary School, Statesboro, GA | iDon't Have iPads: Enhancing small group reading with iPad applications, e-books and other activities.
4. Sherwood Forest Elementary School, Federal Way, WA | Apple a Day: Providing access to healthy snacks for students and their families – with apples.
5. Marie L. Greenwood Academy, Denver | Backyard Gardens: Greater access to fresh produce through a network of backyard gardens and a school farmer’s market.