The U.S. imported over 92 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons of apple juice during the first two months of the year, with January’s 53 million SSE gallons a four-year high for the month. Imports had slowed earlier in the season, partly in response to rising prices for Chinese concentrate, but eventually buyers entered the market. This season to date (Aug-Feb), China has supplied 79 percent of U.S. apple juice imports, compared to 64 percent in 2016/17.
Pricing for Chinese AJC continued to rise in March and April, averaging around $6.70 to $6.80 per gallon on the East Coast, according to USDA pricing, and about 10 cents less on the West Coast.
U.S. apple juice imports vs. Chinese AJC pricing
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