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Fruit industry in the U.S - statistics & facts

Fruit is a widely consumed food that is considered healthy and required for a balanced diet. The most produced varieties of fruit worldwide are bananas and watermelons. The greatest annual fruit harvest in the world occurs in Asia. China alone produces some 245 million metric tons of fresh fruit annually.

Fruit production in the U.S.

The United States is also an important fruit producer. Around 4.75 million acres were used as bearing area for fruit and planted nuts in the U.S. in 2018. The majority of U.S. fruit exports went to Mexico and Canada in 2019. Grapes account for more than one third of the total amount of fresh fruit produced in the United States. In 2019, on 1.04 million acres of land some 6.87 million tons of grapes were produced at a value of around 5.72 billion U.S. dollars. Other top fruit varieties in the U.S. include oranges, apples, strawberries and lemons.

Fruit consumption

Annual per capita fruit consumption in the United States stands at around 323.32 pounds. Bananas are the most popular fruit among U.S. consumers, followed by citrus fruits and apples. U.S. consumer prices for fresh fruit remained stable over the last six years.

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