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Northeast Apple Sales is upbeat about its winter apple supplies, which is showing excellent quality this year.

"All varieties except for the Romes have been moving very well this year," Frank Tangredi, president of Northeast Apple Sales, told The Produce News. “My strongest volume has always been the McIntosh, and that's true again this year. It’s my specialty apple.”

The company focuses on marketing apples from New York’s Champlain Valley and Hudson Valley regions. The majority of its product is marketed throughout the northeastern United States.

“Although the Macintosh, the best of which are produced in the Champlain Valley, has always been a top performer for us, we’re also seeing a strong and growing demand today for the Honeycrisp and Gala varieties,” said Mr. Tangredi. “Ginger Gold, Macoun and Jonagold varieties are also up and coming, but the Honeycrisp is the one that is leading the show of these varieties.”

Mr. Tangredi said that New York’s crop is a little lighter this year than last year, but it’s a quality crop with nice size fruit.

“We’ve been packing a good mix of bags, trays and cartons, and in a good range of sizes,” he said. “With the shorter crop we expect prices to start to increase as the season moves forward. At this time I am not exporting, but demand on apple exports remains high.”

Northeast Apple Sales’ primary customers are retailers, and it sells to some wholesalers. The company now offers mixed apple loads.

“We are able to mix varieties in loads today, which gives us the ability to better service our customers,” said Mr. Tangredi.