Russian embargo not hitting Polish apples
The embargo placed on Polish apple exports to Russia appears to have had little effect and indeed many new uses are being found for them. Last year, exports to non-EU countries fell by 36 percent to 133,000 tonnes, nonetheless the sudden glut last autumn made producers think of new ways to use them with a boom in apple juices and the birth of the cider business.
Belarus is now taking more than half of Poland’s non EU apple exports and undoubtedly many of these apples are now ending up in Russia after being ‘rebranded’ as coming from Belarus.
Other significant growing markets for Polish apples include Egypt and Serbia.
Within the EU, exports are booming, in January 2015 exports increased by 77 percent, that is despite the Russian ban hitting other apple exporting countries such as Austria and Germany.
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