On August 8 - 10, 2018, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) presented the 2018 EU apple and pear crop forecast at the 42nd Prognosfruit convention in Warsaw/Poland. WAPA forecasts the 2018 EU fresh apples crop at 12.6 million metric tons (MT). This is not only a 36 percent increase compared to the record low crop in 2017 but also the largest apple production in the EU ever. Production of fresh pears is forecast at 2.3 million MT, versus 2.2 million MT in 2017. This is an increase of 4 percent. This forecast reflects the situation as of mid-July. Actual production may well be lower than forecast due to the drought in Northern Europe. U.S. apple exporters might face increasing competition from the EU on the world market but could benefit from opportunities in India.