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Rocky trade backdrop greets McKinney speech at U.S. Apple meeting

With the apple industry racked by trade troubles, U.S. Agricultural Trade Under Secretary Ted McKinney had a tough audience when he spoke Aug. 23 at the U.S. Apple Association Marketing and Outlook Conference.
Aug 25, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples, #USDA, #China, #India

Mexican apple output way up, but Canada down slightly

CHICAGO — Canada’s apple output is down slightly, but Mexican apple production is way up this year, according to industry reports at the U.S. Apple Association’s Marketing Conference.

Kroger produce executive urges innovation, customer focus for apples

CHICAGO — Lending insights on consumer apple demand from a retail perspective, Randy Riley outlined the challenges and opportunities he sees for the apple category.
Aug 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #Apples

New York Apple Association celebrates milestone

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.
Aug 23, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Eastern Apples, #Apples

U.S. Apple Association apple estimate 2.2% lower than USDA

CHICAGO — The U.S. Apple Association estimate for the 2019 crop is forecast at 247.76 million (42-pound) cartons, 2.2% lower than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate of 253.09 million cartons.
Aug 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Apples, #USDA

West Mathison honored as Apple Man of the Year

CHICAGO – Twenty three years after his grandfather Tom Mathison won the same award, Stemilt Growers CEO and president West Mathison was recognized by The Packer as the 2019 Apple Man of the Year.

Fifth-generation owner of Fowler Farms dies

John V. Fowler, one of the fifth-generation owners of Fowler Farms, Wolcott, N.Y., has died.

Packer Interview: Hudson River Fruit Distributors on Northeast apples

As those crunchy, juicy globes of ruby, green and gold trickle into the market, fourth-generation grower-marketer-distributor Alisha Albinder Camac updates us on the 2019 Eastern apple season.

SweeTango harvest underway

The 2019 SweeTango apple harvest has begun and first reports are two thumbs up.
Aug 21, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples