United States: Highlights of fresh cherry production for the 2023/2024 season

United States: Highlights of fresh cherry production for the 2023/2024 season

According to the report Fresh Peaches and Cherries: World Markets and Trade, carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture, global cherry production is expected to increase by 11,400 tons, reaching about 4.8 million. The increases in the United States, China, Chile and Turkey have been key to the recovery of a market, worldwide affected by climatic conditions.

As the report indicated, in the United States, cherry production is forecast to increase by more than 100,000 tons, reaching 421,000 tons, meaning a strong rebound for production in California, Oregon and Washington, which are recovering from the climatic effects of last year.

The above is undoubtedly good news for fruit production, even when varieties such as acidic ones are expected to decline, due to the low temperatures that have hit states like Michigan.  If these figures are met, it would mean an exceptional recovery, but it would also position the United States once again as the main exporter in the northern hemisphere, doubling to 82,000 tons and boosting shipments to most markets. 

On the other side, Turkey continues on the positive path, which means greater production and exports, thanks to favorable rains that have meant high-yield plantations in the market. Specifically, Turkey production is expected to rise nearly 70,000 tons to 900,000 as favorable rains boost yield and new plantings of high‐yield varieties, while shipment to foreign countries would reach 75,000, that is, an increase of 17,000 tons.

China, as expected, continues to be one of the main markets for Cherries, this being a symbol of utmost relevance for the country. The market already appears to be recovering from droughts and high temperatures, especially in Shandong province, which is the largest in volume. In general numbers, production is expected to increase up 80,000 tons to 760,000 on good growing conditions in the provinces of Shandong, Sichuan, and Liaoning Measures to protect trees from natural phenomena such as rain, and the expansion of cultivated areas, are some of the actions that seek to further improve the quality of the product.  In this hemisphere, the import season is currently about to begin, which is expected to reach 410,000 tons with a high demand for supply from other countries.

Finally, in Chile, the report’s projections indicate that production is up 31,000 tons, reaching 502,000 tons, as new trees continue to be added in their cultivation areas. While China remains the main destination country, with around 90%, the South American nation seeks to increase its powerful agricultural business market, targeting countries such as the United States. Regarding exports, it is also expected that these will rise again, reaching 440,000 tons.


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