“We would hope that (the Arctic variety) does not enter commercial trade in the U.S.,” he said May 16.
Tom Auvil, research horticulturist with the Washington Tree Fruit Commission, Wenatchee, said both Cananda and the U.S. may rule in favor of the genetically engineered apple.
The most significant potential demand for the non-browning product may come from fresh cut apple processors, but Auvil said there are market risks for a genetically engineered apple variety targeted to kids.
“I don’t see it jumping off the ground very far,” he said. “Processing prices are good right now, but not at a level for planting a new orchard,” he said.