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VIENNA, VA -- The nation's apple harvest yielded an abundant, delicious crop of apples in 2010, and many retailers took that opportunity to display and feature them in their produce departments this fall.

During the three-month merchandising window of September through November, the retail trade featured many different varieties of tasty, healthy apples and apple products to help promote the fall harvest and excite consumers. Displays were also successful when apples were cross- merchandised with products like Marzetti's Caramel Apple Dips, "JIF" Natural Peanut Butter and Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter.

Retailers are encouraged to document their display activities and submit them to the National Apple Month program for the chance at more than $10,000 in cash prizes.

The entry deadline has been extended for the display contest. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 15 and should include the official entry form along with at least one photo of the display. The entry form is available by e-mailing Allison Parker at aparker@usapple.org or by calling her at 703/442-8850 (toll free 800/781-4443). Entries should be sent to National Apple Month, 8233 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 200, Vienna, VA 22182. Winners will be announced by Feb, 5.