The outlook for European apple and pear production for 2022 is encouraging, with pear volumes expected to increase by 20% and apple volumes expected to increase by 1% compared to last year.
The figures were released on August 4 at the Pronosfruit 2022 conference in Belgrade, Serbia. It was Prognosfruit’s first in-person event after two online editions and more than 200 international representatives from the apple and pear sector participated.
“Apple production in the EU27 and the UK is expected to increase by 1% to 12,167,887 tonnes compared to last year. This year’s harvest should also be 9% higher than the 2019-2020-2021 average,” said Philippe Binard.
European culture continues to adapt to the varieties and quality specifications demanded by consumers.
Dominik Wozniak, President of WAPA, said: “The outlook for the coming season is positive.
However, he added: “the sector will have to be prepared for a variety of challenges, including a significant increase in costs […]intense weather conditions, logistical problems, inflation and difficulty in finding seasonal workers, with the ultimate goal of increasing consumption through the quality of seasonal products and reversing the recent negative trend”.
Binard pointed out that although the EU pear harvest for 2022 is expected to increase by 20%, this compares to last year’s record harvest of the decade. Compared to the three-year average, the pear harvest will only increase by 5% to 2 million tonnes, mainly due to the fact that Italy and France have more than doubled their production compared to 2021.
Moreover, in the case of Italy, “the harvest remains below its full potential,” Binard said.
Prognosfruit 2022, organized by WAPA and Serbia Does Apples, presented forecasts and market analysis for the European apple and pear market as well as an overview of the latest trends in processing, organic products and of the cider market.
Luc Vanoideek (COPA COGECA-VBT) commented: “The Belgrade meeting was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the development in the EU neighborhood including Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey, as well as the Central Asia and Caucasus region.
He further explained, “Additional contributions from representatives of China, India and the United States provided the conference with a global reach with a comprehensive picture of the entire Northern Hemisphere harvest forecast. “.
WAPA will continue to monitor developments in Northern Hemisphere culture and will post updates as they become available.