UK supermarkets are set to raise the price of apple juice due to climate changes affecting crops in China, according to reports.

The Daily Telegraph said yesterday (23 January) that the cold and wet weather in China has reduced apple crops by 10% and added to global price increases for its juice concentrate.

China Fruit Marketing Association deputy secretary Sha Lixun was cited as saying: "Our estimate of the 2007 apple crop is about 25m tons, 10% lower than the previous year. In 2005, export price of apple juice concentrate at Chinese customs was only US$500-600 per ton. Now it's $1,500 per ton.''

The newspaper added that UK supermarket chain Tesco has confirmed that its retail price for apple juice has already started to rise.