A black pickup truck emerged from the dawn fog on a chilly December morning, pulling into the hotel driveway in upstate New York. In the driver’s seat was Jim Allen, vice president marketing at New York Apple Sales.
As the New York Apple Association celebrates 25 years, it’s coming out with new merchandising materials and marketing strategies for its more than 600 growers across six regions and more than 50,000 acres of orchards.
Competing against a rapidly expanding group of managed, niche varieties and trendier varieties, some traditional or legacy Eastern apple varieties are getting weaker and weaker in the retail market, shippers believe.
AgriTalk Host Chip Flory brings in Jim Wiesemeyer to cover news from Washington, Greg Henderson and Pamela Riemenschneider cover online produce shopping, and Rhonda Brooks previews Farm Journal's Yield Tour.
Two of New York’s newest apple varieties are on the cusp of major market gains, said Mark Russell, who helps lead Crunch Time Apple Growers, a grower cooperative with exclusive rights to the Cornell University-develop