Restaurants offer fresh apples growth opportunity - The Packer

Restaurants offer fresh apples growth opportunity

01/09/2014 11:32:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee, Lansing, said there is a need for recipes that feature apples at the forefront.

“We work with chefs in different parts of the country and go into retail stores to do demonstrations with apples in recipes, but not just salads or slicing them up,” Smith said.

One recipe featured apple meatball skewers, which Smith said is a great idea for an appetizer.

Where there is growth in the foodservice industry, it’s thanks to an increased interest in eating healthfully, said Howard Nager, vice president of marketing for Domex Superfresh Growers, Yakima, Wash.

“Health trends are having an influence on the apple demand. Just take a look in the fast food sector, where apple slices are currently being offered to consumers,” he said.

Crunch Pak, Cashmere, Wash., supplies apple slices to restaurants, schools and other types of organizations.

Tony Freytag, senior vice president of sales and marketing, says this industry is a growing market.

“Consistently crisp, fresh and easy to use in salads, sandwich mixes and more, we expect this segment of our business to grow in the year ahead,” Freytag said.

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