The grower-supported organization in Yakima, Washington says the non-genetically modified varieties Barnsby, Maslin, Rosy Glow, Ruby Pink and Lady-In-Red (if under license) are now included under the Pink Lady trademark.
To eliminate consumer confusion, this means these varieties will need to be sold under Pink Lady store signage.
“This is great news for the consumer,” PLA general manager Dr. John Reeves said.
“It first points to the assurance of natural improvements in this apple to be seen in future seasons. It also means that the use of the Pink Lady® Trademark, (that’s the Pink Lady set of words), in store signage on these varieties will make consumer confusion a thing of the past.”
“This is also a very positive move for produce merchandisers who may be wrestling with the identification to be put on a display holding Pink Lady® Brand Apples.”
Reeves also said this inclusion of other varieties under the name of an apple was nothing new as it had been a standard practice in the industry for other apples for many years.
“The major difference here is the involvement of a trademark name along with a brand promise with specific quality requirements in that promise that are focused on those varieties,” Reeves said.
“So, this becomes yet another reason for those in the apple industry and at retail to be supportive of trademarked fruit in the future. It’s all about product improvement and related quality assurances.”
According to Reeves, growers, produce merchandisers and consumers will be seeing such advances as an expanded market availability with Pink Lady Brand Apples arriving in stores much earlier in the season.
“As the last apple to be harvested, Pink Lady® brand apples have traditionally also been very late to reach the market with ‘new crop’ supplies,” he said.
“Now we’ll be seeing newly harvested Pink Lady® brand apples on the market as much as two months earlier.”
Also adding to this earlier arrival will be trademarked apples being ready to eat when harvested. Pink Lady said this compared to the original apple that sometimes needs to be stored for a period of time while sugars and acids came to balance.
“While an expanded season is a terrific consumer benefit, it’s also important to remember this continues to be an apple meeting the original brand promise,” Reeves said.
“This means a non-GMO apple providing the sweet/tart flavor profile, crunchy texture and the slow to turn brown with cut characteristics the consumer has become so used to enjoying.”