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.
With the chance of a devastating freeze getting slimmer, apple growers in Michigan and New York are getting more optimistic about a big comeback from a disastrous 2012-13 season.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants all agencies under his jurisdiction to make it standard operation procedure to address the needs of the organic sector.
If you’d predicted that on May 1 there’d be 21% more U.S. fresh-market apples in storage than the year before, people might have accused you of hitting the hard cider.
Officials at Appeeling Fruit Inc. knew they were going to pick up the pace in their packing facility when they installed a band sealer — they just didn’t know how much they needed the new machine when they bought it.
Crunch Pak has leased space for a year on a 10-foot-by-90-foot electronic billboard in New York City’s Times Square.
YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT, WASH. — 2012 crop shipments (1,224-1,154-1,171, includes exports 414-391-376) — Movement expected about the same. Trading active. Prices generally unchanged. Washington extra fancy carton tray pack red delicious 72-113s $18-20, 125s mostly $20; golden delicious 72-88s $20, 100-125s $18-20; fuji 64-88s $18-20; 100-113s $18; granny smith 72-125s $24-26; gala 72-88s $28-30, 100s $26-28, 113s mostly $26, 125s mostly $24; braeburn 72-88s $18-20, 100-125s $18. Washington extra fancy carton tray pack fine appearance red delicious 72-100s $20-22, 113s $22, 125s $22-24; golden delicious 72-100s $22-24, 113-125s $20-22; fuji 64-88s $24-26, 100-113s $20-22; granny smith 72-88s $30-32, 100s $28-30, 113-125s $28; gala 72-88s $30-32, 100s $28-30, 113s mostly $26-28, 125s mostly $26; braeburn offerings insufficient to establish a market. LAST REPORT for 2012 braeburns. Quality generally good.
CHILE — Imports (28-108*-138) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same as April 29 to May 12. Port of entry: Miami. Trading moderate. Prices for 18-kilogram cartons tray pack royal gala 70-80s $26-30. Quality good. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 18-kilogram cartons tray pack granny smith 70-90s $28-30; royal gala 70-90s $30-32, 100s $28-30. Quality good. *revised.
NEW YORK — Shipments (20-13-11) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Too few open market sales to establish a market. Limited shipments of U.S. extra fancy apples were expected to continue through or early June. LAST REPORT.
ARGENTINA — Imports (14-0-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same as April 29 to May 12. Available supplies remain in too few hands to establish a market.