Opal® Apple Cider Now Available
Hood River, Ore. - March 26, 2015- The sweet and crispy Opal
apple is now available as a cider exclusively from Ryan's Juice, a
30+ year-old family-owned and operated juice company.
"Opal is a fantastic apple to use in a cider because of its
wonderful flavor," says David Ryan, owner of Ryan's Juice.
"The popularity of Opal apples is sure to create awareness of what
constitutes a true artisan cider."
Opal apple cider is pressed and blended with Opal apples and
just the right combination of other Northwest varieties. It
is available for retail to purchase during the spring, fall and
winter seasons. This season, Opal apple cider is available
now through May or until supplies last. The program is being
supported with demos and signage at retail. The first-year
projection of Opal apple cider is 40,000 units, but that projection
will likely be surpassed based on the strong launch.
Opal apples are grown in Washington by Broetje Orchards with
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington handling the fresh sector and
Ryan's Juice handling the processed sector, which includes Opal
apple cider. This cross between Topaz and Golden Delicious stands
out on the shelf with its lovely yellow color and great
taste. Sweet to start with a tart finish, Opal has a
satisfying amount of crunch in each bite. And to the delight of
consumers, Opal is non-GMO and naturally resists browning after
slicing. Opal apple cider made its debut last November and
quantities are expected to run through May this season.
About Opal Apple
Opal®apple is known as the apple with a purpose. Grown only in
Washington, 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
such as 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
First Fruits Marketing in North America.