Key Technology introduces integrated sorting system for fresh-cut apples

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, introduces its new sorting system for fresh-cut apple products. This versatile solution integrates Key’s Iso-Flo shakers, rotary sizing and grading systems, belt conveyors and... more »

Munckhof chooses partner to supply the controls for its Pluk-O-Trak

An adequate harvesting workforce and a speedy response to new customer requirements. These are the current challenges for businesses that grow fruit, nuts and olives. According to a news release, Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators aims... more »

Crunch Time does more than pedal apples with its ‘Win a Schwinn’ promotion

Crunch Time Apple Growers and Schwinn bicycles joined forces for the third straight year to create a consumer promotion designed to boost awareness of Crunch Time's SnapDragon® apple variety – the extra-juicy, sweet-tasting consumer favorite... more »

Growers eye tree fruit update in CARES Act; USApple has COVID-19 resource site

In an effort led by the U.S. Apple Association and Northwest Horticultural Council, tree fruit organizations are urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider the unique circumstances of growers during allocation of CARES Act funding.... more »

Michigan apple growers challenged by chaotic market

The stark impact of trade tariffs and other challenges facing the U.S. apple industry were reflected during the Michigan Processing Apple Growers’ annual meeting held March 12 near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan Processing Apple Growers'... more »

APHIS suspends pre-clearance program for New Zealand apples, pears

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announce April 6 the temporary suspension of the pre-clearance program for apples and pears from New Zealand. While APHIS is unable to send... more »

US apple holdings reported 15% above totals from a year ago

The U.S. Apple Association has released  the April 2020 edition of Market News. This is the sixth report on the 2019 apple crop. According to the survey, this year’s fresh apple holdings on April 1, 2020, totaled... more »

Blake’s Hard Cider producing hand sanitizer for healthcare outlets, public

Blake’s Hard Cider of Armada, Michigan, is the latest distillery to begin producing hand sanitizer to meet the increased demand and need. Starting April 8, the family-owned and operated craft cidery has outfitted its cannery... more »

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