The U.S. imported 51.03 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons of apple juice in May, up 11 percent from April and up 19 percent from a year ago.
Imports of apple juice concentrate fell sharply in March to just 32.44 million SSE gallons as supply from China was lower due in part to COVID-19’s punch to economic activities. China was able to supply more usual seasonal volumes in April and May, however, and the U.S. imported more AJC from European origins to make up for March’s loss. As of May, cumulative 2020 AJC imports were 228.49 million SSE gallons, up 14 percent from Jan-May 2019 and a five-year high for the year-to-date total.
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