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Opal® Apples Participate in National Tour of Consumer Events Around the US

BY: Adam Brady | DATE: April 24, 2017

YAKIMA, Wash. - April 24, 2017- Opal®, the highly-acclaimed apple creating a frenzy in the category, appeared on multiple occasions around the United States from January through April to the cheers of existing fans and those trying the crispy, flavorful and sweet apple for the first time. Events took place from coast to coast and included races, family expos and festivals where Opals were distributed to rave reviews.

"These are the best apples I've ever tasted," asserted one event attendee. "Oh my gosh, these are so good," gushed another. Consumers were thrilled with the sweet taste and crisp texture of the Opal, leaving many wanting more. "These are ridiculously delicious," exclaimed yet another satisfied attendee. "I normally only eat red apples, but these surely will take their place!"

Available in both conventional and organic varieties, Opals are well known for their bright yellow skin, distinctive crunch, sweet yet tangy flavor and natural resistance to oxidation - meaning they're very slow to brown. These unique features make Opals the perfect apple for enjoying as a snack, in a lunchbox or on top of a salad. The apple is bright yellow in color and easily stands apart from the crowd

Opals were not only handed out to participants at each stop on the tour, but were featured in on-site announcements, social media call-outs prior to and during events, gift bags, coupon offerings and even Opal juggling.

"Our goal in attending these events is getting an Opal apple in as many consumers' hands as possible," said Chuck Zeutenhorst, general manager of FirstFruits Marketing of Washington, the exclusive distributor of Opal apples in North America. "We want everyone to get a chance to try an Opal and taste the difference."

Opal apples were distributed at events in Santa Monica and San Francisco, Calif.; Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, and Miami, Fla.; Seattle, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Dallas, Texas. Thousands of consumers throughout the country were introduced to the Opal as more than 30,000 pounds of apples made it into the hands of fans young and old.

"I can't believe I've never had one of these before," said one new fan. "I've been missing out on so much goodness!"

For more information, please contact East Coast Regional Marketer Dennis Jackson or West Coast Regional Marketer Tim Corkill.  Learn more about Opal apples at

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About FirstFruits Marketing of Washington

FirstFruits marketing is a collaborative apple marketing company owned by Ralph and Cheryl Broetje. Their growers share a commitment to producing high quality fruit while balancing the demands of purpose, people, planet and profit so that a portion of profits can be donated to non-profit missions supporting the underserved. For more Information, visit

About Opal Apple

Opal apple is known as the apple with a purpose. Grown only in Washington by Broetje Orchards, this Golden Delicious-Topaz cross apple variety was introduced by FirstFruits Marketing in 2010 to wide consumer and media acclaim. Its distinctive color, flavor and texture are not the only qualities that make this product unique: Opal apple was created to make a difference in communities across the nation. Every year, FirstFruits Marketing donates a percentage of sales of every case of apples to worthy organizations that address issues like hunger, food safety, sustainability and the environment. UEB 32642 variety apples are grown exclusively by Broetje Orchards and distributed under the OPAL® brand name by FirstFruits Marketing in North America.

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