Applewood Fresh Growers LLC, a grower, packer, shipper and marketer of Michigan apples, has announced its official company launch. Applewood Fresh ships 21 apple varieties across the country on a year-round basis. While officially a new company, Applewood Fresh said it can trace its family-owned roots back to 1935 and the founding of its affiliate Applewood Orchards, Inc.
“Our work is about more than just sales or profit,” said Scott Swindeman, owner at Applewood Fresh and fourth-generation grower and partner at Applewood Orchards. “We take pride in serving as a reliable partner to our growers and customers, providing access to healthy, great-tasting fruit to people across the country and cultivating strong industry relationships along the way.”
Applewood Fresh offers an array of apple varieties to the U.S. market, which the company notes is made possible by its network of predominantly family-owned orchards spanning more than 11,000 acres. Included in the company’s 21 varietal offerings are four managed varieties: KIKU®, Kanzi®, Rave® and SweeTango®. Managed varieties are grown only by licensed growers in specific climate regions with ideal conditions for growing each particular varietal.
“We are thrilled to extend the legacy of a multi-generational company that not only offers delicious, quality apples but also values and prioritizes its relationships throughout the supply chain, from grower to buyer to consumer,” said Antonia Mascari, director of marketing at Applewood Fresh.
According to Applewood Fresh, it has optimized its supply chain for lasting balance and implemented sustainability measures that include: advanced irrigation and pest control measures, pooling methods, eco-friendly packaging and wind and solar power. These environmental safeguards were designed to protect and preserve the orchards long-term, many of which have been farmed by the families of Applewood Fresh growers for multiple generations.