International

International

The slogan 'The Best Apples on Earth' certainly applies to the numerous apple varieties grown in the State of Washington! Every year Washington exports nearly 30% of their entire production to more than 60 countries around the world. In the 2008-09 crop year the quantity exported was over 35.3 million 42 lb bushel cartons! Five Washington grown varieties (Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Fuji) make up over 90% of all exports, but new varieties such as Braeburn, Cameo® and Cripps Pink are becoming increasingly popular with international consumers.

Red Delicious is Washington's primary export variety representing nearly 45% of our total volume, but changing consumer preferences overseas have pushed Gala to over 5.6 million cartons exported with Golden Delicious at 5.2, Granny Smith at 4 and Fuji directly behind at 2.9 million each (2008-09).

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)


2007-2008   2008-2009

Mexico

8,583,779

 

Mexico

10,466,438

Canada

5,347,067

 

Canada

5,383,680

Taiwan

2,144,022

 

Taiwan

2,323,369

China/Hong Kong

1,851,215

 

UAE (Dubai)

2,059,470

Indonesia

1,500,834

 

China/Hong Kong

1,963,414

UK

993,088

 

India

1,852,152

Russia

921,558

 

Indonesia

1,835,426

UAE (Dubai)

886,759

 

UK

1,055,504

India

849,695

 

Saudi Arabia

999,902

Thailand

634,068

 

Thailand

736,690