Fresh fruit shows per capita growth

by Comité de Arándanos

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Boosted by gains in apples, some citrus varieties, blueberries and tropical fruit, U.S. fresh fruit per capita use grew a strong 3% in 2016.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s fruit yearbook report showed that total fresh fruit per capita consumption in 2016 was rated at 116.05 pounds, up 3% from 112.5 pounds in 2015.

2016 fresh citrus per capita use rose 6% to 24.02 pounds, up from 22.73 pounds in 2016. Fresh non-citrus per capita use was pegged at 92.03 pounds, 2% higher than 89.81 pounds in 2015.

2016 per capita use of fresh fruit commodities, with percent changed compared with 2015:

  • Lemons, 4.15 pounds (+15%);
  • Limes, 3.48 pounds (+15%);
  • Mangoes, 2.96 (+14%);
  • Blueberries, 1.77 pounds (+10%);
  • Papayas, 1.43 pounds (+8%);
  • Apples, 18.55 pounds (+7%);
  • Oranges, 9.17 pounds (+6%);
  • Pineapples, 7.28 pounds (+4%);
  • Strawberries, 8.03 pounds (+4%);
  • Pears, 2.76 (+4%);
  • Grapes, 8.08 pounds (+3%);
  • Tangerines, 5.28 pounds (+1%);
  • Avocados, 7.08 pounds (-2%);
  • Bananas, 27.55 pounds (-2%);
  • Peaches, 2.86 (-5%); and
  • Grapefruit, 1.94 pounds (-13%).

Source: The Packer


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