The slogan 'The Best Apples on Earth' certainly applies to the numerous apple varieties grown in the State of Washington! Every year Washington exports about 30% of their entire production to more than 60 countries around the world. In the 2012-13 crop year the quantity exported was over 40.5 million 42-lb bushel cartons! Five Washington grown varieties (Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Fuji) make up over 95% of all exports, but new varieties such as Honeycrisp and Cripps Pink are becoming increasingly popular with international consumers.

Although the Red Delicious represents only 30% of all the apples grown in Washington, it is still Washington's primary export variety - representing almost 50% of our total export volume (19 million cartons). However, changing consumer preferences overseas have pushed Gala to almost 7 million cartons exported, with Golden Delicious at 5.6, Fuji directly behind at 4.1and Granny Smith at 2.9 million cartons respectively.

Washington Apple Commission promotional programs are implemented by 13 contractors in key export markets, with activities occurring in over 30 different countries. On the consumer side, the Commission conducts sampling at retail stores and markets, provides information on the uses and benefits of consuming apples, advertises in print and radio media, and implements other activities to increase awareness of Washington apples. Contractors also work closely with importers, wholesalers and retailers to provide information on how to take care of Washington apples to make sure that their customers are receiving the high quality they have come to expect when they buy Washington apples.

Top 10 Countries (Exports)

2012-2013   2011-2012
Mexico 13,665,209   Mexico 10,241,281
Canada 6,357,014   Canada 4,869,646
Taiwan 3,233,192   India 4,080,993
India 2,711,030   China/Hong Kong 2,537,693
UAE (Dubai) 2,241,412   Indonesia 2,470,443
China/Hong Kong 2,079,646   Taiwan 2,379,187
Indonesia 1,476,638   UAE (Dubai) 1,450,958
Thailand 947,551   Thailand 965,204
Saudi Arabia 854,969   Saudi Arabia 750,937
Vietnam 697,336   Malaysia 632,978