Major apple producing countries worldwide 2018/2019

In the 2018/2019 crop year, China was the leading producer of apples worldwide. During that time period, China’s apple production amounted to around 31 million metric tons. The European Union came in second place with just over 14 million metric tons of apples.

Global fruit production

The global production volume of fruit has been steadily increasing over the last two decades. Between 2010 and 2017, the volume of fruit produced worldwide grew from 29.4 million metric tons to 33.63 million metric tons. India is the leading producer of fresh fruit by a large margin. The second leading producer of fruit, was Vietnam followed by China.

Apples in the U.S.

The United States produced some 5.7 million metric tons of apples in 2017, making apples the second most produced fruit in that country, behind grapes but ahead of oranges. Although there are dozens of varieties of apples available on the market, the most widely available variety in the United States is Red Delicious, followed by Gala apples. In 2017, Red Delicious inventories in the United States amounted to around 24.4 million cartons.

Global leading apple producing countries in 2018/2019

Production in 1,000 metric tons
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Release date

June 2019



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Supplementary notes

The United States and Mexico are on an August-July marketing year. All other Northern Hemisphere countries are on a July-June marketing year. Southern Hemisphere countries are on a calendar year indicated as the second year of the split year.

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