For Select Southern Hemisphere Countries
The Southern Hemisphere primarily comprises four reporting countries; Argentina, Chile, New
Zealand, and South Africa. Deciduous fruit production (apples, pears, table grapes) is forecast
to increase 1 percent to 6.5 million tons. Total fruit exports are expected to be up 2 percent to
3.5 million tons reflecting stronger prices on international markets. Apple juice production is
expected to grow 2 percent to 159 million tons. Apple juice exports are expected to be
unchanged from the previous year, at 119 million tons.
Argentina’s production is expected to remain at similar levels next year compared to last
season. Expanded apple production in Chile could be curtailed next season by a drought which
is affecting almost all agricultural production regions in the country. New Zealand
experienced a late spring frosts last season, but next year the crop is expected to rebound from
these lower levels. Exports are expected to recover as fewer apples move into processing.
Despite some flood damage in specific regions in South Africa last season, apple production
went unaffected and is expected to be stable next season.
Argentina’s pear crop is expected to increase as a result of new plantations coming into
production. Chile’s production will remain stable as will New Zealand’s. South Africa’s
production may be slightly higher as newer orchards become more productive.
Argentina’s table grape production will remain stable as will exports. Otherwise larger
Chilean production is expected to be offset by drought and therefore production is expected to
be unchanged. Based on trend, South Africa will have slightly higher production.
Concentrated Apple Juice
Argentina’s juice production will remain lower as less fruit will be available to processors.
Chile is expected to have similar juice levels to last season. N