Very interesting. Like the author and commenters said, consumers will be the
key. This isn't about retail agriculture, this is full-blown wholesale
production and marketing. The 'Cosmic Crisp' all-in approach really is a
gamble. Consumer response will depend on how well WA delivers this product to
consumers. Harvest timing and post-harvest handling will need to be immaculate,
and I have not always been impressed with how the industry in WA delivers on
quality. I know the growers are good, but I think packers don't focus as hard
on quality as they should. There are so many choices out the for consumers, and
Fuji is doing pretty well as a low cost choice with lots of volume going into
the market. It seems to me to be a razor's edge proposition. But then, I
haven't tasted 'Cosmic Crisp'.
Just stirring the apple sauce, I guess.
William H. Shoemaker
Retired fruit and vegetable horticulturist
University of Illinois
From: apple-crop [apple-crop-boun...@virtualorchard.com] on behalf of David
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2017 9:33 AM
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Subject: [Apple-Crop] Cosmic Crisp
A good concise article on what Washington state growers are doing with Cosmic
Crisp over the next two years - the figures are staggering -
'et cavete ab agricola’ -
'let the grower beware'…
…and the sales desks also...
David Doud - grower, IN - silver tip on early blooming varieties -
so sorry to see reports of the eastern temperatures of a couple nights ago...
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