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Washington Apple Shipments Forecast is Similar to Last Season

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Washington apple shipments for the 2020 fresh crop are forecast at 134 million 40-pound cartons, nearly the same as the 2019 crop of 133.9 million cartons, reports the Washington State Tree Fruit Association of Yakima.

“The 2020 Washington state apple crop looks to be similar in size to last year’s,” Jon DeVaney, association president, said in a news release. “Harvest is underway and growers anticipate being able to meet strong consumer demand with an ample and high-quality harvest. Our members are growing large crops, but with more varieties to choose from and while continuing to raise the already high standards of quality that domestic and international consumers have come to expect.”

For the second year in a row, gala variety apples will be the biggest volume variety. Galas will account for 23 percent of the state’s crop, compared with 17 percent for red delicious, 14 percent for fuji, 13 percent each for Honeycrisp and granny smith and 5 percent for cripps pink.

The surging Cosmic Crisp variety will account for about 1.2 percent of the total crop.

Organic apple production is predicted to hit to 21 million cartons, or 16 percent of the fresh crop. That compares with organic production of 15 million cartons in 2019.

The fresh apple forecast is based on a survey of association members.

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15% More Apples Remain in U.S. Storages this Season; Plus Washington Update

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There are 15 percent more fresh apples remaining to be shipped from U.S. storages than a year. This is according to the first storage report of the year from the U.S. Apple Association.

Apples in storage as of November 1st totaled 132.1 million cartons, up 15 percent from a year ago.

Meanwhile, apple for processing stood at 47.1 million cartons, up 23 percent greater than last season.  Total apples in storage totaled 179.2 million bushels, 17 percent more than last November’s total of 153.4 million cartons and 5 percent more than the 5-year average for that date.

The latest estimate for the Washington apples is 138.2 million fresh packed boxes, up slightly from the August forecast.

At 138.2 million boxes, the November estimate is up less than 1 pecent from the August forecast and 18 percent higher than  the 116.7 million carton crop of 2018.

The top 6 Washington fresh apple varieties this year, compared with a year ago, are:

  • Gala: 23.5 percent , down from 23.6 percent a year ago:
  • Red delicious: 19.7 percent, down from 24.2 percent last year;
  • Fuji: 13.1 percent, compared with 13percent last year;
  • Granny smith: 12.8 percent, up from 11.6 percent last year;
  • Honeycrisp: 12.5 percent, up from 10.4 percent a year ago; and
  • Golden delicious: 5.5 percent, up from 3.9 percent last year.

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Heavy Apple Shipments are Seen this Season from Washington

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Washington state, the nation’s leading apple shipper is expected to load around 136 million cartons this season, compared to 116 million a year ago.

However, some apple shippers across the state believe volume could be even higher.

Stemilt Growers LLC of Wenatchee, WA notes some estimates have the forecast as much as 145 million to 150 million boxes. The proof in the pudding will arrive in December, when the crop is all harvested. However, this is in contrast to last year’s crop, which had fewer shipments than normal, plus had further reduction due to less fruit meeting minimum shipping standards.

Gala apples will overtake red delicious this year as Washington’s top apple variety.

In Washington’s 2019 estimate, both varieties will gain on last year’s volume, but galas will increase by 16 percent, for a forecast total of 31.8 million 40-pound cartons, to grab the No. 1 spot from red delicious.

Reds will total 29.4 million cartons, or 4 percent more than last year’s 28.2 million.

Fuji (17.7 million cartons), granny smith (17.3 million) and Honeycrisp (15 million) round out the top five apple varieties in Washington for the upcoming season. Honeycrisp volume is expected to jump 24 percent over last year’s 12.1 million boxes.

The Oppenheimer Group of Vancouver, British Columbia ships conventional and organic Jazz, Envy and Pacific Rose apples grown in Washington, as well as New Zealand. It should start moving Jazz around October 15th, with the first Envy shipping about two weeks later. 

Chelan Fresh of Chelan, WA shipped about 1 million cases of organic apples last year, and it is anticipating a 20 percent increase this season. The company loaded organics into July this season and expects the same for this new season.

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Washington Apple Shipments Predicted at 137.3 Million Boxes

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A whopping increase of nearly 20 percent in Washington apple shipments compared to a year ago is forecast for the new season. That would place shipments at 137.3 million boxes.

The estimated 2019 fresh crop is 18 percent larger than the 2018 crop of 116.7 million boxes, according to the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

“WSTFA members are expecting an ample 2019 apple crop with a good mix of varieties for today’s market,” Jon DeVaney, WSTFA president, said in a news release. “Favorable summer growing weather means that Washington growers are expecting a crop with excellent quality and finish.”

By variety, the crop estimate reported gala is projected to total 23 percent of loadings, with red delicious at 20 percent, fuji at 13 percent and granny smith at 12 percent of total fresh shipments.

The estimate projected Honeycrisp at 12 percent of the state’s fresh crop, while cripps pink is estimated at 5 percent of the total.

Andy Tudor, vice president of business development at Rainier Fruit, Selah, WA, said some industry leaders had been predicting a crop as big as 150 million boxes.

He said apple sizes may be down a bit from last year, with galas projected to have peak sizes of 88s, 100s, and 113s.

“The fruit size is probably not as good as growers wanted it to be this year,” Tudor said.

At the same time, the large Honeycrisp crop has projected peak sizes of 72s to 88s, which are ideal sizes for retail promotion.

The 2019 estimate projects organic apple production at 13% of the total, or 18.3 million boxes, according to the release.

The forecast is based on a survey of WSTFA members, according to the release, and represents a “best estimate” of the total volume of apples that will eventually be packed and sold on the fresh market.

Washington state will also produce its first commercial volume of Cosmic Crisp apples in 2019, said Lynnell Brandt, president of Proprietary Variety Management LLC, Yakima, WA.

Brandt said the 2019 Washington Cosmic Crisp crop is expected near 450,000 boxes, with third leaf fruit (three-year-old trees) released for sales Dec. 1 and second leaf fruit (two-year-old trees) released January 1.

Harvest of the variety will begin in mid-September and continue into October.

With about 11 million trees of Cosmic Crisp planted so far, Brandt said Cosmic Crisp production will rise to about 2 million boxes by 2020 and see further big jumps after that.

Proprietary Variety Management is managing the marketing of the Cosmic Crisp, and the apple will be sold by most if not all Washington shippers.

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U.S. Apple Loadings are Expected to Increase from Last Season

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U.S. apple shipments are expected to total over 267 million 42-pound carton equivalents, a 9 percent increase from the 244 million boxes loaded during the previous season.

Washington Apple Shipments

Washington had a smaller crop during the 2018 season than in 2017 – an estimated 117 million 40-pound boxes compared to 133 million boxes. This season increased shipments are expected.

Red delicious, gala, golden delicious, granny smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp and fuji are the top apple varieties, with the Cosmic Crisp being shipped in December for the first time.

Michigan Apple Shipments

Michigan apple shipments will get underway on normal schedule around mid- to late August, depending on variety. A good crop is seen. Last year’s volume was 25 million 42-pound box equivalents. The average crop size is about 25.2 million boxes.

Michigan grows many varieties, including consumer favorites like Honeycrisp, gala and fuji. The state also produces a number of popular club varieties, Smith said.

New York Apple Shipments

New York apple shipments for the season are estimated to be around 31 million bushels. Early variety loadings get underway in mid- to late August.

New York will be shipping SweeTango and favorites like Honeycrisp, gala, red delicious, mcintosh, empire, cortland and more. 

California Apple Shipments

California apple shipments dipped last year because of bad weather, but should reach 1.5 million to 2 million 40-pound box equivalents, compared to 1.1 million boxes for the previous year.

Although the state had a rainy winter and spring, the apple loadings have just got underway with galas, as usual, followed by granny smith in August, fuji in September, Pink Lady in October and braeburn and other varieties after that.

California growers do not ship out of storage.

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Fewer U.S. Apple Shipments this Season, but There Still will be Good Volume

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C3Just about everyone is in agreement there will be fewer U.S. apple shipments this season, which extends into the late summer of 2019.  How many fewer, depends upon whom you ask.

The U.S. Apple Association is predicting 256.16 million, 42-pound cartons will be shipped.  This is 6 percent below the USDA’s forecast, as well a 6 percent less than a year ago.

Western Apple Shipments

More specifically, the U.S. Apple Association is predicting this season’s Washington apple shipments will be at 155 million cartons, which is 10 percent below the USDA’s  forecast of 171.4 million cartons.  The U.S. Apple estimate for Washington is off 13 percent from 2017 shipments and 5 percent below the five-year average.

Washington growers reported that

The early harvested apple crop has fallen short of the expectations of Washington growers due to uneven bloom timing, which resulted in uneven maturity rates in orchards.

In total, Western U.S. apple shipments are estimated at 166.2 million cartons, off 9 percent from the USDA’s estimate and 12 percent below a year ago.

Midwest and Eastern Apple Shipments

The U.S. Apple Association and USDA figures pretty well match for Michigan and New York. The U.S. Apple estimates for New York is 31 million cartons, unchanged from the USDA estimate of 30.9 million cartons and the same as last year’s output.

Michigan apple shipments estimated U.S. Apple stand at 28 million cartons, unchanged from the USDA’s 27.96 million carton estimate.  Michigan’s forecasted crop is 40 percent above a year ago and 8 percent higher than the five-year average.

Michigan accounts for about 90 percent of Midwest apple shipments.

BelleHarvest Fruit Sales Inc. of Belding, MI reports while this season’s forecast shows a nice rebound in volume, it falls short of the record 2016 apple shipments of 30.4 million cartons.

Fifty percent of the Michigan apple crop will consist of Fuji, Honeycrisp and gala, a number expected to increase in coming years.

The U.S. Apple estimate for the Midwest stands at 31.6 million cartons, virtually unchanged from the USDA estimate of 31.4 million cartons and up 35 percent from a year ago.

Eastern Apple Shipments

Crist Brothers Apple Orchards of Walden, NY points out various apple shipping regions in the East have similar volume to last year, which includes New England’s Vermont, which had some dry weather.

Virginia apple shipments have experienced excessive rains since last May and June, but is still expecting normal shipments.

Pennsylvania apple shipments are expected to total 12-million bushels, down 5 percent from last year.

New York apple shipments from Hudson Valley should be similar to the five-year average.

Western New York shipments are predicted to be about the same as a year ago.

The U.S. Apple estimate predicts Eastern U.S. apple shipments to total  58.4 million cartons, nearly unchanged from the USDA’s estimate of 58.7 million cartons and down only 1 percent from a year ago.

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Washington High Volume Apple Shipments are Seen; SweeTango Facing1st Season of Good Volume

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DSCN0850by The Washington State Tree Fruit Association

Yakima, WA –The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) released its forecast for the 2018 Washington apple shipments.

The 2018 forecast is for a fresh pack crop of 131 million standard 40-pound boxes of fresh apples. This is down two percent from 2017’s 134 million box crop.

Harvest has started for some early varieties.

Gala is projected to be the most numerous variety in 2018 at 24 percent of production, with Red Delicious at a projected 21.5 percent. These varieties are followed by Fuji at 13.5 percent and Granny Smith at 13 percent of total production. This year Honeycrisp is forecast to come in at 10.8 percent of the total crop and Cripps Pink at 4.5 percent.

Organic apple production continues to increase, and is forecast to be 14 percent of the total, or 18.9 million boxes.

This forecast is based on a survey of WSTFA members, and represents a best estimate of the total volume of apples that will be eventually  shipped for the fresh market (excluding product sent to processor).  Apple harvest typically begins in August and continues into November, and as a result this forecast is still subject to several months of variable weather which can affect the final harvest total.


SweeTango Apple Shipments

SweeTango growers and marketing desks anticipate an abundant crop of SweeTango apples this season.

Fowler Farms of Wolcott, NY is expecting good yields for the North American crop with excellent quality, good color, and smooth finish.  The company notes that organic SweeTango from Washington state is projected to reach significant volumes for the first time.

Stemilt Growers LLC of Wenatchee, WA just recently started harvest and the Midwest and East regions will start shipping in time for Labor Day arrivals.

Nielsen retail scan data indicates that SweeTango shines in the early season, as it is one of the first premium varieties to become available in the fall. During its peak season from September to November 2017, SweeTango was the best-selling club variety while also ranking among the top 10 category-wide.


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Michigan Produce Shipments are Picking Up; Washington Fuji Apple Shipments

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A40One should know summertime has arrived when Michigan vegetable shipments are moving into good, normal volume…..Some Washington apple shipments grossing a $1000 more than others.

Following a chilly spring, weather has warmed and crops have really been coming on.  Buurma Farms of Gregory, MI started with light volume the last week of May with radishes, which soon were followed by cilantro, parsley, beets and celery.

Van Solkema Produce of Byron Center, MI is just getting underway with squash and cabbage, with initial loadings of celery coming just after the Fourth of July. Soon to follow will be sweet corn and cucumbers.  Next will be brussel sprouts sometime during the last half of August.

Superior Sales of Hudsonville, MI handles grown green cabbage which begins any day now. By the last week of June there will be beets, bok choy, napa cabbage, zucchini and yellow squash.  Sweet corn program shipments should start the third week of July.

Leitz Farms of Sodus, MI  is now starting cucumbers,  with blueberries getting underway next week, while grape tomatoes kick off around July 15 and romas and round tomatoes around July 25.

Naturipe Berry Growers, based in Salinas, CA, should begin shipments of Michigan blueberries before the Fourth of July.

Riveridge Produce Marketing of Sparta, MI launches its sweet cherry  the first week of July, prune plums beginning August 10th, and early varieties apples in August.

Washington Apple Shipments

by Stemilt Growers

WENATCHEE, Wash. – The sweetest apple around is stepping into the spotlight thanks to Stemilt Growers’ new summertime promotion. The company is marketing its  Sweet Summer Fuji Fest now through August with its finest and sweetest Fuji apples of the season.

Apples remain a key category in the produce department during the summer months. A Stemilt Fruit Tracker™ analysis of Nielsen scan data from June through August 2017 found apples to contribute 4.4 percent of total produce sales on average in the U.S. Fuji was the second top selling apple during the summer season in 2017. It accounted for 16.7 percent of apple category volume and 15.8 percent of category sales.


Washington apple, pear and cherry shipments are grossing about $7200 to New York City, with a few loads being reported as much as $1000 more.



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Spring Frost will Mean Fewer Apple Shipments from Michigan This Season

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DSCN9658A visit by “Jack Frost” last spring suckered punch Michigan apple growers and the result will be fewer loading opportunities in the new season set to start soon.

Michigan apple shipments for the upcoming season have taken a significant hit due to a frost last May.  It is expected to result in nearly 30 percent fewer truck loads from the from 2016 17-shipping season.

While the official USDA forecast will come out August 10th, the industry’s Premier 2017 Apple Production Estimate pegs the Michigan crop at 20 million (42-pound) cartons, off 29 percent from a year ago and 8 percent less than the five-year average.

Among the biggest losers from the spring cold were jonagolds and McIntosh, which suffered significant frost damage on May 8.  Having much better luck were galas, Honeycrisp and fuji apples.

Riveridge Produce Marketing Inc. of Sparta, MI is among the state’s largest apple shippers.  The company expects about three-quarters of a full crop.

Initially, the USDA estimates 27.98 million cartons of fresh and processed fruit for Michigan apples.

Total fresh Michigan apple shipments through early July were nearly 9 million cartons, with most of the fresh apples from the old  shipped by mid-July.

First harvest of paulareds and gingergold apples is expected around the third week of August.

U.S. Apple Shipments

The USDA in its June forecast — the final one for the 2016-17 — the agency raised its 2016 estimate for Washington apple shipments by 8 percent compared with the August 2016 estimate.  The USDA also raised its estimate for 2016 U.S. apple production from 248 million (42-pound) cartons in August 2016 to its final estimate of 268 million cartons.

The Premier estimate shows the 2017 U.S. apple crop at 255.57 million cartons, which is down 5 percent from the final USDA estimate for the 2016 crop of 268.4 million cartons.

The 2017 Premier production estimate for Washington state calls for production of 165 million cartons in 2017, down 5.3 percent from 174.3 million cartons produced in 2016 but 9 percent higher than the five-year average. About 80 percent of Washington apples are shipped fresh.

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Latest Estimates for NW Cherry Shipments Increases 4 Percent

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DSCN4890by Northwest Cherry Growers

Over 75 growers, shippers and field team leaders from across the Northwest Cherry industry met recently to discuss the 2017 cherry crop.

This collective group meets annually to discuss the developing crop potential across the growing districts within each of the 5 member states, and formulates a crop estimate based on attendee input.  The 5-State estimate is often the most accurate look at the crop as it is in real time, provided by growers who have walked out of their orchards and into this meeting.  It does not, however, take into account the annual field team data model and historical algorithms with which we project the NWC’s 4 rounds of estimates.

The round table estimate for the Northwest 2017 sweet cherry crop is 227,000 metric tons or 22.7 million 20 lb. equivalent boxes.   That estimate would put the coming crop 8% larger than last year’s 20.9 million box season.  This crop projection allows for substantial promotional opportunities (and heavy shipments) all season long – late June through August!

Extended bloom and cool spring weather indicate a longer season, stretching from mid-June through the end of August. for cherry shipments.  The 2017 shipping season should last between 90 and 100 days!   Significant volume into the month of August is anticipated.

According to grower reports, early varieties such as Chelan and Santina are currently on track for similar crops to last season’s record early variety shipments.  This strengthens the expectations that once harvest in the Northwest begins, it should accelerate at a rapid velocity.  The attending group in general expects to see harvest begin in the June 12th to 15th window.  Much of Washington’s Bing acreage didn’t set in 2016, but the orchards have rebounded with a slightly larger than average bloom in response this Spring.  Fruit is well-spread throughout the trees and the regions – which bodes well for timing and quality.

The Northwest Rainier crop (including all yellow-fleshed sub-varieties) is reported as looking strong, with many of the growers estimating increases of 20-25% over last year.  The 2015 and 2016 Rainier crops were strikingly similar, and both finished around 1.8 million 15-pound boxes.  We expect to see plenty of fruit in July this year, including around National Rainier Cherry Day on July 11th.

Washington apple shipments – grossing about $4100 to Chicago.


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