Albany area McDonald’s restaurants make use of local apples

An Albany, New York area McDonald’s became the first to host an event that highlighted local area apples. The “Open Door Tour” gave local stakeholders, media and bloggers a behind-the-scene look at the chain’s menu, and its commitment to food quality and the community. New York Apple Association Director Molly Golden was a presenter. “The food service industry has long taken heat for contributing to the obesity epidemic,” reflects Julia Stewart an NYAA spokesperson. “But many are changing their menus to support the healthy eating habits that the public is seeking. Putting local apples on the menu helps parents feel more comfortable, and supports the state’s apple industry.”

McDonald’s has a tremendous market impact as the number one customer for apples grown in the United States. Apple slices have been pivotal in remodelling the chain’s menu with healthier choices, and are available for children and adults as a dessert or snack. In addition the restaurant chain also uses domestic produce. “The Albany area McDonald’s restaurants have a longstanding relationship with local area apple suppliers to offer fresh, local apple slices to consumers.“

Meanwhile, the NYAA reported that there is no further news regarding an August petition from Poland to allow for U.S. market access for imports and sales of that country’s apples. However, the New York apple Industry is taking a long-term view. “It’s too early to call it a threat to domestic sales,” explains Stewart, “Before Poland is allowed to export to the United States they have to undergo the phytosanitary review to ensure they don’t pose a plant threat to the apple industry.” For example, the imported brown marmorated stinkbug is now a growing threat to the apple industry. “The phytosanitary review is scientific rather than political in nature,” said Stewart, “and is utilized to prevent the import of plant diseases and pests from foreign markets.”

For more information:
Julia Stewart
Tel: +1 585-924-2171

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