Apple Market Overview in Ireland
In value terms, apple production declined to $ in estimated in export prices. Overall, the total production indicated tangible growth from 2007 to : its value increased at an average annual rate of +% over the last thirteen years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on figures, production increased by +% against 2018 indices. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010 with an increase of % y-o-y. Apple production peaked at $ in 2016; however, from 2017 to , production failed to regain the momentum.
The average yield of apples in Ireland rose modestly to tonnes per ha in , increasing by % on the previous year's figure. The yield figure increased at an average annual rate of +% from 2007 to ; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded in certain years. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010 with an increase of % year-to-year. As a result, the yield attained the peak level of tonnes per ha. from 2011 to , the growth of the average apple yield failed to regain the momentum. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
In , approx. ha of apples were harvested in Ireland; approximately reflecting the year before. The harvested area increased at an average annual rate of +% from 2007 to ; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2016 when the harvested area increased by % year-to-year. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to apple production reached the maximum at ha in 2018; afterwards, it flattened through to .
The value of the apple market in Ireland shrank modestly to $ in , stabilizing at the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). Over the period under review, consumption, however, saw a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2014 with an increase of % against the previous year. As a result, consumption reached the peak level of $. from 2015 to , the growth of the market remained at a lower figure.