Industry pushes red fleshed apple to revive consumption woes
The United States has the world’s largest supply of apple trees, which generate about 12 percent of the country’s economy. But that’s not enough to satisfy consumers.
The industry pushes red apples with red coloring, with many stores turning away customers.
So last week, a company called Blueberry Farms and other suppliers launched red apple-focused retail shops in Florida and Washington, D.C.
A local retailer in Tampa says some stores may be open only from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekend nights.
Some customers complain that some of the fruit-and-vegetable stores are 우리카지노crowded with teenagers, who sometimes can’t leave theirnatyasastra.com cars parked outside or even enter, even to check for sales.
Other customers, like Michael Dorsett, say the «homespun» atmosphere at the stores makes it hard to learn about the real value of the product.
«It’s not too hard for me to get excited about apple pie. But if you’re into oranges, then I get excited about oranges,» he says. «If it’s a good cup of coffee, I would go for it.»
Blueberry Farms claims the stores will have the products’ authenticity.
«There will be an apple pie station on every tree in every store,» explains Bob Brown, the company’s cnatyasastra.como-founder and chief operating officer. «People are very sensitive to authenticity, which will make the apple pie more expensive.»
Brown says the «red apples» will feature the original fruit, the «red-and-green» color scheme, and the name of the company, which will be in bold letters above the tree’s leaves.
The new stores offer items such as cinnamon sticks, pretzels, cookies, brownies and blueberry muffins — the stores are known for having them.
Some customers say it takes an emotional connection to want those items.
«I had a friend who had a friend who worked at them, and they would only serve apple pie,» says Amy Nunn, a local woman and an apple-pie fan.
Blueberry Farms and other suppliers sell the products to grocery stores and local supermarkets. But the chain hopes to expand its sales nationwide by offering them in all grocery stores.