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IFO presents the HC2-1

New apple variety launched in France

IFO has launched a new apple variety in France. The HC2-1 is a new early season variety. Fiona Davidson of Dalival/Cameo Europe: "The apple is sweet, crunchy, juicy, with a refreshing taste and a unique shiny, almost glowing pink/red color. It is bound to attract both producers and consumers."
"HC2-1 is a early and highly productive variety. The apple ripens towards the end of August and stores well, maintaining its qualities late into the season."
HC2-1 is the result of more than a decade of work by IFO. "From the early stages of the selection, we felt that this apple had a great potential", says Valérie Fouillet, breeder at IFO, and, according to Fiona Davidson, "the rigorous selection process experienced by the new apple variety proved she was right."
HC2-1 characteristics have since attracted the French marketer Pomanjou International’s interest (INNATIS group), a leader in French apple production: "We knew straight away that this variety had something special when we discovered it, shining in the middle of the orchard, even though we were 100 meters away… All the other varieties looked dull next to it. We had never before seen an apple with such an intense color. This was the beginning of the HC2-1 adventure for INNATIS group" says Arnaud de Puineuf, marketing director of Pomanjou.
"Already under test in several countries around the world, HC2-1 was officially presented to a large international group of fruit growers representing USA, Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Germany during a dedicated field day on 29 August in Angers (France). Hosted by Dalival, IFO and Pomanjou, this field day marked the beginning of the international development phase of this “new generation” variety."
About IFO:
IFO (International Fruit Obtention) is one of the leading private companies specialised in the research and development of new varieties and rootstocks of apple and pear trees. The IFO team is made up of 10 experts covering a range of skills from variety breeding to the commercial launch of new varieties.
"Thanks to the experience gained through Dalival's founding nurseries, IFO has established an important network of partners around the world. IFO proposes to marketers some varieties adapted to their requirements and
provides breeders with ambitious and relevant commercial developments of their varieties."
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