Apples

APHIS might allow fresh apple and pear imports from Europe

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will be publishing in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would allow the importation of fresh apple and pear fruit from eight European Union member countries:... more »

Arctic Apples seeks commercial approval for Fuji variety

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) announced it formally submitted a petition to the USDA on Dec. 31, 2015, requesting the deregulation of its Arctic Fuji variety. Arctic apple varieties have been genetically modified to be non-browning.... more »

Apple holdings lower than last year’s record totals

According to the U.S. Apple Association, fresh apple holdings on Jan. 1, 2016, totaled 90.5 million bushels, 20 percent below the record inventories (113.5 million bushels) reported for Jan. 1 of last year, and about... more »

Federal hard cider tax relief included in U.S. Senate spending bill

Congress has approved a spending bill that includes an overhaul on how hard cider is taxed. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the measure as part of the so-called tax extenders bill approved Thursday, Dec.... more »

Apples for Education donates $20,000 to school causes

The season of giving is well underway as U.S. Apple Association (USApple) and supporting brands donate $20,000 to 12 school programs this month as part of the first-ever Apples for Education: Buy an Apple, Help... more »

Dec. 1 apple holdings down from 2014

According to the U.S. Apple Association, fresh apple holdings on Dec. 1, 2015, totaled 106.3 million bushels, 18 percent below the record inventories reported for Dec. 1 of 2014, but 2 percent above the five-year... more »

Honeycrisp prices up; total apple dollars down

Retail prices for the consumer favorite Honeycrisp apple rose in October 2015, yet the total dollars apples contributed to the produce department fell by half a percent when comparing the same four weeks from 2014,... more »

Pruning mature trees in a semi-dwarf apple orchard

Apples are a long-lived perennial crop, thus most fruit farms have several blocks of trees that vary in age and size. Many orchard enterprises have adopted intensive (≥ 518 trees per acre) orchard systems over... more »

USApple to review new produce safety rule

FDA has just posted a pre-publication version of the 801-page final produce food safety rule that will apply to growers: "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption." The rule will... more »

U.S. apples pour into Mexico 
as dumping dispute plays out

From the Yakima Herald: From his desk on the sales floor, Victor Ratia has no trouble selling apples to Mexico. International politics, dumping allegations and a long-postponed decision about whether Washington’s largest export market will... more »


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