Italy - Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual
MY 2012/13 Italian apple production is forecast to decrease by 13.3 percent compared to the previous year, due mainly to the freeze and heavy rains during the blooming time. MY 2012/13 pear production is forecast at 717,000 MT, a 22 percent shortfall over last season’s supply. The decline is due to the severe drought of this summer that affected the main producing areas, strongly hindering the normal development of the fruit. Italy ranks 6th in world’s table grape production and 3rd among table grape exporters, behind Chile and the United States. MY 2012/13 Italian table grape production is estimated to decrease slightly, because of the severe summer drought that negatively affected the growth of mid to late maturing varieties, thus reducing the size of the fruit. Italy is the leading table grape consumer in the EU-27, followed by Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain.