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Apple country issues

07/21/2014 05:11:00 AM
Tom Karst

Sitting here in the KCI airport and enjoying free wifi, I a collecting a few thoughts while a prepare for a five-hour flight to Seattle. 

The news of the USDA's proposal to allow apple imports from China is fresh, and I wonder how Washington industry leaders will react to the inevitable development.
Perhaps this opening for Chinese imports will be accompanied by expanded market opportunities for U.S. apples in China. That is the idea, to be sure.
With a big expected apple crop in Washington(but how big? 130 million cartons plus?), all export markets will be important to exploit. 
Another soon-expected development is the USDA's approval of the non-browning GMO Arctic apple. How this news will be received in the industry is of less importannce than how it will be received by consumers and the news media. It is conceivable that big noise" about the approval of the Artic apple could cause some consumers to skip the apple category all togehter.
Southwest is starting to board, so that's all for now..

Sitting here in the KCI airport and enjoying free wifi, I a collecting a few thoughts while a prepare for a five-hour flight to Seattle. 


The news of the USDA's proposal to allow apple imports from China is fresh, and I wonder how Washington industry leaders will react to the inevitable development.

Perhaps this opening for Chinese imports will be accompanied by expanded market opportunities for U.S. apples in China. That is the idea, to be sure.

With a big expected apple crop in Washington(but how big? 130 million cartons plus?), all export markets will be important to exploit. 

Another soon-expected development is the USDA's approval of the non-browning GMO Arctic apple. How this news will be received in the industry is of less importance than how it will be received by consumers and the news media. It is conceivable that big noise" about the approval of the Arctic apple could cause some consumers to skip the apple category all together.

Southwest is starting to board, so that's all for now..



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