While overall Washington apple volumes wonât likely reach last seasonâs bumper crop levels, production of the Pink Lady variety is expected to rise in 2009-10.
An estimate from the Yakima-based Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association puts this seasonâs crop at about 2.6 million cartons, up from 2.3 million cartons in 2008-09, according to a news release from Yakima-based Pink Lady America LLC.
As a result, consumers wonât likely have to scramble as much for Pink Ladies this year as they have in years past, said Alan Taylor, Pink Lady Americaâs marketing manager.
âWe receive quite a few calls and emails from consumers asking where they can find the Pink Lady brand,â he said. âTheyâre telling us theyâve really enjoyed this apple in the recent past and now they canât find it at the supermarket.â