And this time around?
“I think we’re going to have a good start, but not last year’s start,” Sambado said.
Washington growers hope to put galas into controlled-atmosphere storage, but the variety doesn’t store well, he said.
“U.S. retailers should not be buying old crop,” Sambado said.
“It’s too early to tell,” said Andy Poteete, sales manager at Bakersfield, Calif.-based Bidart Bros. Marketing.