Wenatchee, WA – Columbia Marketing International—one of the largest growers and shippers of premium quality conventional and organic apples, pears and cherries—recently announced that its import season of exotic KIKU apples has grown in conjunction with its partnership with a New Zealand import group.
As a result of the growing popularity of the KIKU apple, which has seen demand growth every year in the U.S. since 2008, supplies are limited and new crops will not be available until the fall. The apples are expected to be available through August.
“I think the key to any strong program is providing a consistently good, full-flavored eating experience for the consumer,” CMI president Bob Mast said. “New Zealand KIKU growers make our job seamless as they provide us with some of the finest crunchy and sweet KIKU apples that consumers have grown to love.”
According to a press release from CMI, retail partnerships have played a major role in getting the word out about how KIKU apples “quite possibly may be the sweetest apple[s] they have ever tasted.” This is because many retail stores have presented displays and samples of the apples in order to let consumers try the imported apples themselves.
The press release explained that raised production and expanded orchards are a part of the long-term plan for global growers of the KIKU apple in order to continue to meet demand.