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New York Apple Sales looking forward to a great fall apple crop

Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales is excited about the upcoming season. Kaari Stannard, owner and president, said she feels confident that New York state will be back with a great crop this fall.

“New York Apple Sales is now gearing up for a successful marketing season in 2017,” said Stannard. “We will have New York-grown KORU apples to introduce, as well as our popular Honeycrisp, Gala, SweeTango, SnapDragon, RubyFrost, Fuji and, of course, our legacy varieties such as McIntosh, Empire, Jonagold, Macoun, Red Delicious and many others.”Kaari-StannardKaari Stannard

Stannard pointed out agriculture and apples are key components of New York state’s economy.

A new New York apple characterized by a “monster crunch” is the SnapDragon, of which one of its parents is the popular Honeycrisp. It boasts a spicy-sweet flavor. Along with RubyFrost, SnapDragon is one of two exciting new apples that were 10 years in the making and developed by Cornell University’s apple-breeding program.

The Honeycrisp is also a parent to the SweeTango, which is considered the perfect fall apple. It is crisp, very juicy and distinctly flavorful.

NYAS’s KORU is a star apple among the company’s lineup, and a complement to its Honeycrisp program.

Earlier this year, NYAS joined forces with Borton Fruit and Oneonta Star Ranch Growers, both of Washington state, to form Coast to Coast Cooperative to import New Zealand KORU Apples. New crop KORU began arriving in May.

“The KORU enjoyed fantastic growth in the early spring fresh apple market,” added Stannard. “Last year, sales were up 202 percent over the previous year. And the KORU exceeded all apples in retail price increase last year, up 230 percent. KORU apples are naturally delicious with great color and good size.”

New York Apple Sales is the multi-service marketing arm for eight major packing facilities in New York state. The company partners with the best apple sales’ teams with the best growers to deliver fresher apples, greater choice, superior quality and outstanding service to its customers across America and around the world.

The company is also growing internally. It recently announced that two seasonal apple industry veterans have joined its team this year.

Jim Allen, formerly president and chief executive officer of the New York Apple Association, and Matt Wells, former procurement director of Dr. Pepper/Snapple and a former western New York Cornell Cooperative Fruit Specialist, are now on board at NYAS.

Although NYAS will not exhibit at the United Fresh Expo in Chicago on June 13-15, Allen, along with Vice President John Cushing, will be in attendance.