Commodity: Apples



  • 4199


  • 3290


  • 3601

    autumn glory

  • 4101

    braeburn, small

  • 4103

    braeburn, large

  • 3065

    cameo, small

  • 3066

    cameo, large

  • 4104

    cortland, small

  • 4106

    cortland, large

  • 4128

    cripps pink, small

  • 4130

    cripps pink, large

  • 3010

    cripps red, small

  • 3301

    cripps red, large

  • 4108

    crispin/mutsu, small, East/Central

  • 4109

    crispin/mutsu, small, West

  • 4110

    crispin/mutsu, large, East/Central

  • 4111

    crispin/mutsu, large, West

  • 4124

    empire, small, East/Central

  • 4125

    empire, small, West

  • 4126

    empire, large, East/Central

  • 4127

    empire, large, West

  • 3604


  • 3297


  • 4120


  • 4129

    fuji, small

  • 4131

    fuji, large

  • 4132

    gala, small, East/Central

  • 4133

    gala, small, West

  • 4134

    gala, large, East/Central

  • 4135

    gala, large, West

  • 4097

    ginger gold, small

  • 4096

    ginger gold, large

  • 4136

    golden delicious, small, East/Central

  • 4021

    golden delicious, small, West

  • 4137

    golden delicious, large, East/Central

  • 4020

    golden delicious, large, West

  • 3285

    golden delicious, extra large, West

  • 4138

    granny smith, small, East/Central

  • 4139

    granny smith, small, West

  • 4018

    granny smith, large, East/Central

  • 4017

    granny smith, large, West

  • 3283


  • 3293


  • 4144

    jonagold, small, East/Central

  • 4145

    jonagold, small, West

  • 4146

    jonagold, large, East/Central

  • 4147

    jonagold, large, West

  • 4148

    jonathon, small, East/Central

  • 4149

    jonathan, small, West

  • 4150

    jonathan, large, East/Central

  • 4151

    jonathan, large, West

  • 3605


  • 3613


  • 3620


  • 3604

    lady alice

  • 4152

    mcintosh, small, East/Central

  • 4153

    mcintosh, small, West

  • 4019

    mcintosh, large, East/Central

  • 4154

    mcintosh, large, West

  • 3618


  • 4122

    pacific rose

  • 3435


  • 4128

    pink lady, small

  • 4130

    pink lady, large

  • 4167

    red delicious, small, East/Central

  • 4015

    red delicious, small, West

  • 4168

    red delicious, large, East/Central

  • 4016

    red delicious, large, West

  • 3284

    red delicious, extra large, West

  • 4169

    rome, small, East/Central

  • 4170

    rome, small, West

  • 4171

    rome, large, East/Central

  • 4172

    rome, large, West

  • 3443

    ruby frost

  • 3608

    sciros/pacific rose

  • 3627


  • 3442


  • 3300


  • 3603


  • 4185

    york, small

  • 4187

    york, large


Commodity Overview

Apple sales remained mostly steady in 2019, with more than $3.8 billion in sales. Apples can drive produce department sales, so be sure to offer a wide variety of options for consumers. Put some promotional muscle behind apples and watch your bottom line grow.


  • Apples can reduce blood pressure and help with weight loss as well as improve memory. Apples may also may protect against damage that leads to brain disorders.
  • Eating apples can help keep your teeth healthy.
  • Apples have also been shown to help fight certain types of cancer.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following nutrient content descriptors for apples: fat-free, saturated fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and an excellent source of fiber.

Sales Strategies

  • Apples are big seller all by themselves. Use that popularity to sell other items as well. Cross-merchandise apples with caramel and candy apple kits, dips, pie shells, pie toppings and baking supplies, and apple peelers and corers.
  • Take advantage of sampling to introduce to lesser-known, higher-priced varieties.
  • Keep apples at the forefront of consumers’ minds year-round by planning promotions around them in all seasons.
  • Fall: Promote apples heavily in the fall to play on consumers’ natural inclination to buy apples as part of their fall purchases. Include apples in a harvest theme or pumpkin patch promotion. Take advantage of National Apple Month, a 90-day event from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 to promote apples. Don’t forget to promote apples for back-to-school lunchboxes.
  • Winter: Make apples a big part of the winter holidays. Include them in gift boxes and baskets and encourage consumers to think of apples as a holiday decoration as well as a side dish or dessert. After the winter holidays are over, consumers head to the gym and start looking to eat healthier. Promote the health benefits of apples in the cold winter months.
  • Spring: Apples might not be top-of-mind in the spring. Keep them moving by offering some recipes for Easter that include apples.
  • Summer: Apple pie is the obvious summer promotion, but get consumers thinking beyond pie by offering fruit salad recipes or ideas for apple side dishes. Take advantage of the fact that many summer holidays aren’t complete without a fresh apple pie, so tie in baking supplies during the hot months.

Dynamic Displays

  • Offer consumers a wide variety of options from which to choose. Don’t just rely on old favorites like red delicious and granny smith. Bring in some newer varieties like Honeycrisp and Ambrosia.
  • While those higher-priced proprietary varieties can bring in the sales, they can also turn consumers off when not placed properly on the display. Group similarly priced varieties together to cut down on sticker shock for consumers when they see the higher-priced varieties.
  • Keep apples on refrigerated tables to keep them looking their freshest.
  • Consumers don’t want to take home a bruised apple so be careful when putting them on the display. Don’t dump apples or stack them too high. Avoid the potential for apples falling off the display and bruising the bottom layer. Keep your displays well-stocked and remove damaged fruit immediately.
  • Different size apples meet different needs, so keep both large and small apples on your display. Market smaller varieties to parents and kids looking for a lunch box staple. Push larger apples as a good fit for cooking.
  • Offer apples in bags or clamshells along with bulk apples.
  • Use apples’ vibrant and varied colors to create an eye-catching display.
  • Give apples plenty of space, especially in the fall. A large display will encourage consumers to take a look.

Food Service

  • Apples are a sweet addition to any meal, both as a dessert and as a side dish. Offer apple slices as a side dish for adults as well as kids.
  • Consider putting apples on the breakfast plate as a topping for waffles are pancakes. Fried apples are a popular breakfast dish.
  • Include apples in pies and cobblers.
  • Include apples in salad bars and on salads. Consider adding dried apples to certain salads.

In The Backroom


50-lb. field crates 40- to 45-lb. cartons/boxes, tray-packed 40-lb. bushel baskets/cartons, tray- or cell-packed 40-lb. bushel baskets/cartons, loose pack 40-lb. 11⁄8-bushel cartons, loose pack 40-lb. cartons, 10 4-lb. film bags 40-lb. cartons, 16-8s tray wrapped 40-lb. cartons, 8 5-lb. bags 38- to 42-lb. cartons/boxes, loose pack 37- to 43-lb. cartons, cell-packed 36-lb. cartons, 12 3-lb. bags 28-lb. euro box 20-lb. 1⁄2-bushel cartons, loose 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 10-lb. polyethylene or cello bags 4-, 8-, 12-count clamshells Tri-wall bins 600-lb. tote bin, 300 lb. half tote bin RPC 6419, 6423, 6425, 6428 Sliced consumer packs 1-lb., 2-lb., 14-oz., 6-oz., 3-oz. and 2-oz. bags 1-lb. bowl 1-lb. trays, with or without dip 3.5-oz. trays with dip Foodservice packs 3-, 5- and 10-lb. polyethylene or cello bags (sizes range from 21⁄4 to 23⁄4 inches in diameter) Cartons, 12 3-lb. bags or 8 5-lb. bags 1⁄3 carton, two-layer tray packs; 4- and 6-lb. carton 42 lb. bushel boxes Sliced 3-lb. bags 64 2-oz. bags 140 2-oz. bags 200 2-oz. bags Sizes small – 100s-216s large – 88s-70s extra-large – 64s-36s


United States U.S. Extra Fancy U.S. Fancy U.S. No. 1 Combination grades (Combinations of: U.S. extra fancy and U.S. fancy; U.S. fancy and U.S. No. 1; and U.S. No 1 and U.S. utility are permitted when at least 50% of the apples in any lot meet the requirements of the higher grade.) Washington state grades Washington Extra Fancy Washington Fancy Washington grades are a higher standard than the corresponding U.S. grade. Washington has implemented minimum internal condition standards for all grades of delicious apples.


Temperature: 32 to 34 F, 0 to1.1 C Relative humidity: 90-95% Mist: No Typical shelf life: 90 to 240 days (under refrigeration) Ethylene producer (Do not store with ethylene-sensitive items.) Odor-sensitive (Will absorb odors produced by potatoes, bulb onions or any strong-flavored item.) Moderately sensitive to freezing injury. It is especially important that controlled-atmosphere apples are refrigerated at the proper temperature because they are more susceptible to becoming mealy.


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