Michigan processors agree to minimum apple prices
The Michigan Processing Apple Growers Marketing Committee has negotiated minimum prices for processing apples for the 2010 crop and announced them on Friday, September 10.
Seven out of ten Michigan processors agreed to the price schedule for processing apples; three opted out of the negotiations, according to Dawn Drake, manager of the committee. Five juice makers agreed to the juice apple price.
The price schedule is as follows for 100 pounds of apples 2 ½ inches in diameter and larger (except for juice apples, where size is not specified):
Jonagold, Idared, Crispin—$11.50
Hard varieties (including Rome and Golden Delicious)—$10
Juice apples (straight loads)—$6.25
Small apples in peeler loads—$5.25
Not all processing apple growers are members of this marketing organization, but the committee is accredited under Michigan law and may negotiate for price and other marketing terms as long as it represents more than half the processing apple tonnage. To purchase member apples, processors must negotiate and pay agreed-to prices. The association has about 750 members and more than 60 percent of the processing apple crop.
The association operates a sales desk to assist members in locating the best markets for their apples and also assists in collection of overdue money for deliveries of processing apples.