With a variety of colors and flavors to choose from, apples remain the second most-popular commodity in the produce department. More than eight in 10 consumers selected the crunchy fruit in the past year, making it the No. 2 fruit in Fresh Trends 2013. The likelihood of an apple purchase slipped two percentage points from last year.
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Riverridge Produce Marketing, a Sparta, Mich.-based apple grower-shipper, recently released the first seven videos in its “Core Facts” educational series. The videos, posted to YouTube and 2-3 minutes in length, address common concerns and questions about apples, according to a news release.
Chiquita Brands International Inc. is reviewing a new, higher offer from Brazilian investors who want to buy the company, challenging a merger deal between the American banana giant and Ireland-based Fyffes Plc.
Dan Symms, an executive at Caldwell, Idaho-based fruit grower-shipper Symms Fruit Ranch, died Oct. 7 of cancer. He was 52.
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Market Scope - Apples — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 14
YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT, WASH. — 2014 crop shipments (956-1,006-1,119, includes exports 214-276-371) — Movement expected to increase. Trading active. Prices slightly lower. Washington extra fancy carton tray pack red delicious 72-113s mostly $17-18, 125s $18-20; golden delicious 72-88s mostly $20, 100-113s mostly $18; granny smith 72-88s mostly $24, 100-113s $20-22, 125s $18-20; gala 72-113s $18-20; honeycrisp 64-100s mostly $40-45; Washington extra fancy carton tray pack fine appearance red delicious 72-113s mostly $20-22, 125s $20-22; golden delicious 72-88s $22-24, 100-113s mostly $20; granny smith 72-88s $26-28, 100s $22-24, 113-125s $20-22; gala 72-88s $22-24, 100-113s $20-22; Honeycrisp 64-100s mostly $50-55. 2013 crop shipments (80-62-30, includes exports 17-17-7).
MICHIGAN) — Shipments (116-116-143) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading active. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons of 12 3-pound film bags U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum gala and fuji mostly $20-22, red delicious, golden delicious, jonathan and cortland mostly $18-20, jonamac and empire mostly $17-19, Honeycrisp mostly $40-45. Tray pack U.S. extra fancy gala 88-100s mostly $22-24, red delicious 80-100s $20-22, jonathan 88-100s $24-26, mcintosh 88s mostly $24-26, Honeycrisp 72-88s mostly $55-62, cortland 64-72s $22-26. Size and color exceed normal levels and generally very good.
NEW YORK — Shipments (99-105-110) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading active. Prices Honeycrisp cartons tray pack slightly lower, others generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. extra fancy of 12 3-pound film bags 2½-inch minimum ginger gold and mcintosh and cortland mostly $18-20, gala mostly $20-22, macoun mostly $20. Cartons U.S. extra fancy tray pack ginger gold 80-88s mostly $20-22; mcintosh 80-88s mostly $24-26, 100s mostly $22; gala 80-88s mostly $26-28; empire 80-88s $22-24; Honeycrisp 80-88s mostly $54-58; cortland 64-88s mostly $26. Cartons U.S. extra fancy cell pack mcintosh 80-88s mostly $24-26, 100s mostly $22; empire 80-88s $22-24.
APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV) — Shipments (47-44-47, export 0-1-0) — Movement expected about the same. Trading very active. Prices about unchanged. Cartons tray pack U.S. extra fancy red delicious 64-88s $21-23; golden delicious 64-88s $20-24; gala 72-88s mostly $23-25; mcintosh 72-88s $24-25; cartons of 12 3-pound film bags U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum red delicious mostly $18-19; golden delicious mostly $18-19, gala mostly $19-21; and mcintosh mostly $19. Quality very good.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (33-26-19) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. Cartons U.S. extra fancy of 12 3-pound film bags 2½-inch minimum granny smith mostly $16-18. Cartons U.S. extra fancy tray pack granny smith 88s mostly $25, 100s mostly $20, 113s mostly $18-19, 125s mostly $16-18.
NEW ENGLAND — Shipments (5-6-7) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Unofficial prices for Oct. 14, cartons U.S. extra fancy of 12 3-pound film bags 2½-inch minimum mcintosh $21-22. Cartons U.S. extra fancy tray pack mcintosh 80-88s $28-30.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (5-5-6) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons tray pack red delicious U.S. extra fancy 80s $20-28, 88s $20-28, 100s $20-28, golden delicious U.S. extra fancy 80s $20-28, 88s $20-28, 100s $20-28; cartons of 12 3-pound film bags red delicious U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum/up $18-22, golden delicious U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum/up $18-22. Primary varieties include golden delicious, red delicious and rome.
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