Honeycrisp the exception in down crop year

Honeycrisp the exception in down crop year

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Honeycrisp volume is up but most every other major apple variety is down compared with last year.

U.S. fresh apple holdings on Nov. 1 totaled 115.5 million cartons, 14% less than the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Apple Association. 

Fresh holdings were 11% down compared with the five-year average of 130.3 million cartons, according to the Nov. 1 report.

The group said total apples in storage totaled 155 million bushels, 14% less than last year and the five-year average.

However, total Honeycrisp fresh holdings Nov. 1 were 11.15 million cartons, up 6% from 10.56 million cartons last year and 58% higher than two years ago, when 7.06 million cartons of Honeycrisp were in storage.

On the other hand, fresh market gala holdings totaled 24.4 million cartons, down from 15% from 28.6 million cartons last year and off 6% from two years ago. Fresh market red delicious holdings were 27.6 million cartons on Nov. 1, down 19% from 34.1 million cartons a year ago and 29% less than holdings of 39 million cartons two years ago.