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Keystone Fruit Marketing's eastern apples now available

Apples and autumn go hand in hand, and no one knows that better than Keystone Fruit Marketing, a division of Progressive Produce.

In fact, crisp and juicy apples have long been part of Keystone's history. Established in 1977, Keystone got its start marketing local Pennsylvania apples and since then has earned a reputation as a reliable produce industry partner within the apple, sweet onion, peach and watermelon categories.

"We value our relationships with our customers and growers, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to high standards of integrity and quality when it comes to bringing you the freshest products all year long," said Lisa Fetterhoff, director of operations.

Apples are an excellent commodity for retailers to promote in October and November with seasonal promotions around the autumn holidays. The 2021 harvest is currently under way and Keystone will continue to pick apples from Virginia and Pennsylvania through early November. Volume is up from last year in most varieties, especially Gala, Fuji and Pink Lady.

"Like the rest of the U.S. economy, the apple industry is also facing labor shortages, higher transportation costs, and delays in the supply chain," Fetterhoff said. "At Keystone, we are doing everything we can to assure orders are fulfilled 100 percent, delivered on-time and reasonably priced, so consumers can enjoy our eastern apples all season long!"

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