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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Market Scope - Apples — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 15
YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT, WASH. — 2014 crop shipments (462-513-770, includes exports 108-98-147) — Movement expected to increase. Trading active. Prices lower. Washington extra fancy carton tray pack golden delicious 72-88s mostly $20, 100-113s $18-20; gala 72-88s mostly $20, 100-113s $18-20; Honeycrisp 64-100s mostly $60-65; Washington extra fancy carton tray pack fine appearance golden delicious 72-88s mostly $24-26, 100s mostly $22-24, 113s mostly $22; gala 72-88s mostly $24, 100-113s mostly $22; Honeycrisp 64-100s mostly $65-70. FIRST REPORTS for 2014 golden delicious and Honeycrisp. Harvest in full swing. First reports on red delicious and granny smith were expected to be likely the week of Sept. 15.
YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT, WASH. — 2013 crop shipments (541-381-324, includes exports 139-90-68) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Washington extra fancy carton tray pack offerings insufficient to establish a market. LAST REPORT for 2013 crop.
NEW YORK — Shipments (27-43-80) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading gala and mcintosh cartons tray pack active, others active at slightly lower prices. Prices gala and mcintosh cartons tray pack generally unchanged, others slightly lower. Cartons U.S. extra fancy of 12 3-pound film bags 2½-inch minimum ginger gold mostly $18-20, mcintosh and gala mostly $19-21. Cartons U.S. extra fancy tray pack ginger gold 80-88s mostly $21-22; mcintosh 80-88s mostly $25-26; gala 80-88s mostly $30.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (48-39-64) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices slightly higher. Cartons U.S. extra fancy of 12 3-pound film bags 2½-inch minimum granny smith mostly $17-19. Cartons U.S. extra fancy tray pack granny smith 80s mostly $28, 88s mostly $25-28, 100s mostly $22-24, 113s mostly $20, 125s mostly $16-18.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (31-31-60) — Movement expected to increase as harvest of gala, mcintosh and golden supreme active. Trading active. Prices slightly lower. Cartons of 12 3-pound film bags U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum gala mostly $22, mcintosh mostly $20, ginger gold and golden supreme mostly $18. Harvest of Honeycrisp, empire, cortland and a few spot picked red delicious underway the week of Sept. 15. Size and color exceed normal levels and generally very good.
APPALACHIAN DISTRICT (MD-PA-VA-WV) — Shipments (22-28-51) — Movement expected to increase. Trading active. Prices unchanged. Cartons tray pack U.S. extra fancy gala 80-88s $29, 100s $27; ginger gold 72-88s $21-22, cartons of 12 3-pound film bags U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum gala $22-23, ginger gold mostly $19.
CHILE — Imports (12-15-5) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons of 12 3-pound film bags fuji $18-20. 18-kilogram cartons tray pack fuji 70-90s $22-24, 100s $20-22. Quality good.
NEW ENGLAND — Shipments (2-3-4) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Too few open market sales to establish a market.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (3-3-0) — Movement expected to increase. Trading moderate. Prices cartons tray pack golden delicious U.S. extra fancy 80s $24-28, 88s $24-28, 100s $24-28; cartons of 12 3-pound film bags golden delicious U.S. extra fancy 2½-inch minimum/up $20-23. Primary varieties include gala, golden delicious and red delicious.
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