About 30.5 million bushels of U.S. fresh-market apples were still in storage on May 1, 1% more than a year ago at the same time.
The May total also was 3% higher than the five-year average of 29.6 million bushels, according to the May Market News report from the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association.
By variety, fresh holdings of red delicious, granny smiths and galas were up from 2011. Red delicious holdings increased from 12.4 million to 13.7 million bushels; granny smiths from 3.8 million to 4 million bushels; and galas from 3.2 million to 3.7 million bushels.
Holdings of golden delicious and fujis fell from last year. Golden delicious in storage decreased from 3.8 million to 3.7 million bushels; and fujis from 4.3 million to 2.9 million bushels.