Apple producers have taken the first steps towards setting up a world association to control mounting surpluses and to improve marketing. It has been estimated that global production will rise by 22% in five years to 68 million tonnes. At a meeting in Brussels, the embryo organisation won support from Australia, South Africa, the UK, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Spain, Italy and Brazil have signalled interest and the US views are being sought. The organisation will be launched on January 1 and establish its terms of reference and constitution at the Prognosfruit conference the following October under the chairmanship of John McCliskie, former chairman of the NZ Apple and Pear Marketing Board. The secretariat will be run by CIMO. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}