Washington state apple exports to the UK have exceeded one million cartons a year for the first time in a decade, according to George Smith, the Washington Apple Commission’s director for Europe.
“Sales to the UK this season and to date are 1.13 million cartons, up 34% over 2003-2004,” he said.
The previous season was a shorter crop, but sales are also being driven by organic apples. Smith claimed: “We are now the market leader in exports of organic apples to the UK, with Gala and Braeburn leading the
charge. Next season will see the introduction of organic Cameo, which has received positive interest from the UK trade.”
From January to March this year, he said, Washington shipped more Pink Lady to the UK than Red Delicious. But he added that Red Delicious was enjoying a renaissance thanks to the Smart Fresh storage system.