Cuba’s market ripe for local apple exports

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Posted: December 28, 2012

The Winchester Star

Phil Glaize, owner of Glaize Apples of Winchester, said he exported about 7,000 cases, about 875,000 apples, to Cuba in 2012. The price he gets for his fruit in Cuba is better than what he would get from an apple processing plant, but lower than at a U.S. grocery store. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Ines Ramirez checks apples for defects at Glaize Apples on Wednesday. The Winchester business has been exporting apples to Cuba with some defects — the primary one being russeting that gives the skin a brownish discoloration — but the taste and quality of the fruit is unaffected.
Rick Fechtmann stamps an orchard ID number on a case of apples that was just packed at Glaize Apples on Wednesday. Glaize Apples ships some apples to Cuba. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Improving trade relations with Cuba over the past decade has helped boost revenue for Virginia farmers and other agricultural-based enterprises, including a local apple company.

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