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.
Caramel apples have been linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed five people and sickened 28.
Employees and growers at Stemilt Growers Inc., brightened the holidays for 133 central Washington children in foster care.
To counteract St. Nick’s cookie consumption, the New York Apple Association has launched its annual “Apples for Santa” campaign. The campaign apples for a healthy alternative throughout the holidays.
Messe Berlin has named 10 nominees for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2015.
(UPDATED COVERAGE, Dec. 15, 12:05 p.m.) Suzanne Wolter, most recently marketing director for Rainier Fruit Co., has left the Yakima, Wash., company and has begun a quest for new challenges.More Packer Stories for Apples
Market Scope - Apples — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT, WASH. — 2014 crop shipments (1,282-1,084-1,382, includes exports 486-412-513) — Movement expected about the same. Trading very active. Prices generally unchanged. Washington extra fancy carton tray pack red delicious 72-113s $14-16, 125s $15-17; golden delicious 72-125s $16-18; fuji 64s mostly $16, 72-88s $18-20, 100s mostly $18; granny smith 72-100s $17-20, 113-125s $16-18; gala 72-113s $16-18; Honeycrisp 64-100s mostly $35.00-40; Washington extra fancy carton tray pack fine appearance red delicious 72-125s $18-20; golden delicious 72-125s mostly $18-20; fuji 64s mostly $22-24, 72-88s mostly $24,100s mostly $22; granny smith 72-88s mostly $22-24, 100s $20-22, 113-125s $18-20; gala 72-88s mostly $20, 100-113s $20; Honeycrisp 64-100s mostly $40-45. 2013 crop shipments (1-1-5, includes exports 0-1-4).
MICHIGAN) — Shipments (95-72*-95) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons of 12 3-pound film bags U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum gala mostly $20-22, fuji mostly $19-20, mcintosh and braeburn mostly $18-20, red delicious, golden delicious, jonathan, jonagold, empire and idared mostly $16-18, Honeycrisp mostly $40-45, law rome mostly $16-17. Cartons tray pack U.S. extra fancy gala 88-100s mostly $22-24, red delicious and golden delicious 80-88s mostly $16-18, jonathan 88s mostly $22-24, mcintosh 88s mostly $24-26, Honeycrisp 72-88s mostly $55-60, empire 88s mostly $22-24, fuji 72-88s mostly $22-24, law rome 80-88s $16-21. Supply of Honeycrisp fairly light.
NEW YORK — Shipments (105-100-94) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons U.S. extra fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2½-inch minimum red delicious mostly $16-18, golden delicious mostly $18, mcintosh and cortland mostly $18-19, gala and macoun mostly $18-20, empire mostly $18, Honeycrisp mostly $38, rome $16-17. Cartons U.S. extra fancy tray pack golden delicious 80-88s mostly $21-22; mcintosh 80-88s mostly $23; gala 80-88s mostly $26; empire 80-88s $22-23; Honeycrisp 80-88s mostly $45-48; cortland 64-88s mostly $21-23. Cartons U.S. extra fancy cell pack mcintosh 80-88s mostly $23; empire 80-88s $22-23.
APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV) — Shipments (54-38*-44, export 4-4-2) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices unchanged. Cartons U.S. extra fancy red delicious 64-88s mostly $20-21; golden delicious 64-88s mostly $20-21; mcintosh 72-88s $24-25; fuji 72-88s $25-27; red rome 64-88s $20; cartons of 12 3-pound film bags U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum red delicious $18-19; golden delicious $18-19, granny smith $20-21, red rome $18-19 and mcintosh mostly $19. (*corrected figure)
NEW ENGLAND — Shipments (9-7-6) —Movement expected to remain about the same. Unofficial prices for Dec. 8, cartons of U.S. extra fancy 12 3-pound film bags 2½-inch minimum mcintosh $20-22. Cartons U.S. extra fancy tray pack mcintosh 80-88s $28.