RICHLAND, Wash. – U.S. apple processors are paying nearly double what they did just two years ago to make sauce and juice.
Bad weather pummeled other apple growing regions of the world. And a worker shortage is slowing down the harvest in the Northwest.
Apple crops in New York, Michigan, Canada and Europe are down from bad weather. And China, the world’s largest apple producer, is keeping more fruit at home for its growing middle class. That means the price of processing-apples has gone up at least $100 a ton from just two years ago.