On Nov. 13, the US Apple Association released the November 2023 USApple Tracker, which shows that the US industry owns 190.7 million bushels of apples. This compares to last November’s total of 144 million bushels. This is 19.8% above the five-year average on November 1.
Washington has the largest state-owned supply of fresh apples, with 152.3 million as of November 1, 2023. New York was second with 14.9 million bushels, and Michigan was third with 12.3 million. Pennsylvania has 5.4 million bushels. Oregon reported 942,000 bushels, and no other state came close to 1 million.
In number, Honeycrisp was the largest fresh apple variety stored in November, with 30.2 million bushels. Gala is in second place with 29.2 million bushels, and Red Delicious is in third place with 26.4 million. Granny Smith and Fuji registered 22.5 million and 18.3 million, respectively.
In November 2022, fresh apple holdings in the United States totaled 103.0 million bushels. As of November 2021, the total was 115.6 million. Apple’s holdings for processing totaled 50.6 million bushels as of November 1, up 23.2% from last year.
Fresh apple holdings in February 2023 totaled 140.2 million bushels, 36.1% higher than the inventories reported in November 2022.
This report captures more than 95% of the national storage capacity. The statistics were compiled by Christopher Gerlach, director of industry analysis at USApple, based in Falls Church, VA.