The U.S. imported close to 22.0 million single-strength-equivalent gallons of apple juice in October, up notably from very low volumes imported during the first two months of the 2020/21 marketing year but down 4 percent from October 2019.
A little over a third of the month’s imports originated in China, and three months into the season, imports from China were around the same volume as in Aug-Oct 2019/20. Three-month imports from Turkey were also about the same year over year, thanks to October’s higher volume. Imports from Chile, at 5.2 million SSE gallons in October and 8.9 million season to date, were much higher than the year-ago level. Imports from Europe were down sharply from last season, however.
October ending stocks of apple juice concentrate in cold storage were likely higher YOY. Total stocks of non-FCOJ concentrates were around 405.3 million pounds, up 3 percent YOY, and apple juice accounts for most of that volume.