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Limited supplies of Kanzi apples hit the market

kanzividWashington-grown "Kanzi" brand apples are hitting U.S. markets this week. Due to high demand for this premium apple — in combination with limited early production on young trees — supplies are limited.

An unfortunate hail event last season eliminated the crop of "Kanzi" brand apples, but this year’s crop looks spectacular. In 2014, growers are working on additional plantings to ensure increased production in the years ahead to meet strong market demand.

Tim-WelshKAZNITim Welsh“Over the next five years our Kanzi volumes will greatly increase each year," Tim Welsh, who oversees the North American plantings that produce "Kanzi" brand apples, said in a press release. "With the existing trees in the ground, and new plantings, we estimate that within five years our production will reach nearly 500,000 cartons of delicious "Kanzi" brand apples.”

Imported "Kanzi" brand apples will continue to complement the domestic program and will arrive later in the spring after the domestic program has been sold out. Due to the overwhelming feedback from consumers, worldwide production of "Kanzi" brand apples is increasing rapidly with expanded acreage being planted globally. As a result, imported volumes will continue to increase in an effort to complement the domestic crop and meet the growing demand.

Super Bowl spud challenge a win-win for food banks

potatovidDuring the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, several challenges have been made by fans of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks — including a major wager between the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and the Washington State Potato Commission.

The two football teams reached this pinnacle of competition by defeating their respective opponents throughout the season, coming to the field in New Jersey with the best win-loss records of their divisions.cpac-superbowl-responseColorado Potato Administrative Committee Executive Director Jim Ehrlich answers the Super Bowl challenge of Washington State Potato Commission Executive Director Chris Voigt in a Facebook video. Ehrlich (center) is flanked by offensive linemen Sheldon Rockey, Keith Holland, David Tonso and Ron Crowther. (Photo courtesy of CPAC)

Both potato commodity groups likewise come armed, each boasting a winning record of quality potato production and insightful marketing.

The gauntlet, thrown by Chris (Sherman) Voigt, executive director of the WSPC, calls for 500 pounds of potatoes per point scored by the winning football team to be donated to a food bank in the winning team's state. Voigt's challenge video was posted on the WSPC's Facebook page.

Not to be outdone, CPAC Executive Director Jim "Peyton" Ehrlich, joined by Colorado growers and shippers in a video, responded to the Washington challenge on the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee's Facebook page.

Ehrlich noted that the game will be "embarrassing for the Seahawks," and he upped the ante by saying the losing executive director must travel to the capital city of the winning state, don a potato mascot costume of the opposing group and promote that state's potatoes.

The Challenge:

The Response:

Atlanta’s General Produce named Georgia Family Business of the Year

gavideo imageGeneral Produce Inc. of Atlanta began more than 50 years ago as a purveyor of bananas and has since grown to become one of the Southeast’s larger distributors of produce — from apples to zucchini — with its own fleet of more than 100 trucks providing overnight delivery to 11 Southeastern states.

The company’s hard work has already paid off, but the cherry on top came this November when General Produce was named the 2013 winner of the prestigious Georgia Family Business of the Year Award from the Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State Cole College of Business and Georgia Trend magazine.

Florida's wintertime strawberry production leads the nation

fgsaFlorida Strawberry Growers Association Executive Director Ted Campbell talks about Florida’s $400 million winter strawberry deal as the season ramps up to full volume this month.

The area within a 20-mile radius of FSGA headquarters in Plant City, FL, is home to 95 percent of domestic winter strawberry production.

Georgia Pecan season in full swing during National Pecan Month

pecaSure, Georgia is known for peaches, but since the late 1800s the state has led the nation in pecan production. November is National Pecan Month and Georgia pecan growers are getting ready for the hectic holiday season. Here, grower Al Pearson talks with Atlanta’s FOX News affiliate for a look at the season under way.