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Dried cranberries: global production to increase by almost 9%

July 10, 2024 at 2:57 PM , Der AUDITOR
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QUÉBEC. After a rather disappointing year, experts are forecasting an increase in the production of dried cranberries for the 2024/2025 season. Meanwhile, EU imports have fallen by 40% this year.

US production expected to be almost 10% higher

After the cranberry crop struggled with unfavourable weather conditions in various regions of Canada last year, the outlook for production in 2024 is much more optimistic, as Chelmer Foods reported in reference to Fruit d'Or. The unusually warm winter in Québec caused protective layers of ice to melt in the fields, but after the frosts in April, the situation stabilised again. Meanwhile, organic farmers are busy protecting their fields from pests, which are particularly present this year. Overall, however, the growing areas are in good condition at the start of the pollination and flowering period.

The winter was also too mild in the growing regions in the US state of Massachusetts, although abundant snowfall in February compensated for this. According to reports, the situation is different in Wisconsin. The largest cranberry-growing region in the USA may have suffered damage during the cold months, but some fields are said to have recovered and the prospects for the flowering period are promising.

During the congress of the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, the forecast for global production of sweetened and dried cranberries was set at 200,140 mt, an increase of 8.9% on the previous year. US production is expected to increase by 9.6% to 144,350 mt, and higher yields are also expected for Canada (+7.7% to 45,450 mt) and Chile (+4.6% to 10,340 mt).

Cranberry production, dried and sweetened, in mt

Country

2023/24

2024/25

Diff.

USA

131,721

144,350

9.6%

Canada

42,189

45,450

7.7%

Chile

9,890

10,340

4.6%

Total

183,800

200,140

8.9%

INC, May 2024

EU imports from Chile down by 70%

In the first half of 2024, 20,409 mt of cranberries were imported into the EU, a decrease of 40.1% compared to the same period last year. Imports from the USA fell by 25.2% year-on-year to 10,611 mt and imports from Canada (-42.3% to 7,915 mt) and Chile (-70.2% to 1,799 mt) were also significantly lower. At 13,580 mt (-37.7% mt compared to the previous year), the Netherlands accounted for 66.5% of total EU imports, while the other main importers were Germany (-52.8% to 1,410 mt) and Poland (-57.6% to 1,370 mt).

EU cranberry* imports, in mt

Supplier

2023

2024

Diff.

USA

14,189

10,611

-25.2%

Canada

13,712

7,915

-42.3%

Chile

6,044

1,799

-70.2%

China

109

64

-41.3%

Serbia

7

10

35.4%

Others

16

10

-35.6%

Total

34,077

20,409

-40.1%

Provisional data; GD TAXUD surveillance system / 01/01-08/07

*20089391 Cranberries, containing added sugar, <1 kg

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