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Abundant supplies of high-quality apples in storage at Hudson River Fruit Distributors

For apple producers in general, nothing is much better than having good growing conditions that result in a high-quality crop of good sized fruit. That’s what Hudson River Fruit Distributors is reporting this season.

The company, based in Milton, NY, is a multi-generational fruit grower whose experience and expertise enables it to keep its finger on the pulse of every detail of every crop, from winter hibernation to bloom and all the way through to harvest, storage, marketing and distribution.

Alisha Albinder, fourth-generation family member and operations manager, said apples in storage are great quality.

HudsonP1050784William Forrence and Dan Albinder at the Hudson River Fruit Distributor’s booth at the New York Produce Show.“We had a great growing year, and so conditions on stored apples will be very good for the remainder of the season,” noted Albinder. “We are currently packing controlled atmosphere apples, and due to the abundant crop in New York State, there is a strong supply of apples to last us for this year.”

She added that the market is relatively standard this season compared to previous years, and with strong demand.

Now in its fourth-generation as a family-owned leading apple producer and shipper, Hudson River Fruit Distributors enjoys a reputation as a dependable, quality supplier of the freshest East Coast apples. It accomplishes this by vertically integrating crucial departments under one roof.

The company marked its 54th season in business in 2017. It was started in 1963 by Izzy Albinder, Alisha’s great-grandfather, and his son, Harold Albinder in 1963.

In 1980, Harold’s son, Danny Albinder, joined the business. He serves as chief operating officer today.

Alisha, Danny’s daughter, joined the company in 2013, after graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in finance and entrepreneurship.

In January, third generation family member, Kevin Albinder, started with the company as logistics coordinator. He has had experience working with growers, packers and shippers and, said Albinder, “He is a quick learner.”

“Marcela Juarez also joined us in January as an in-house inspector for all inbound, outbound and satellite packinghouses,” she continued. “Marcela has years of experience working in apple packing houses, as well as food-safety audits like BRC, Global Gap and U.S. Department of Agriculture. We are very excited to welcome both Kevin and Marcela to our team.”

Although the company is proud to be family owned and operated, it is also grateful and dedicated to its team members who have contributed to the company’s success over the years.

“This certainly includes Pat Ferrara, our sales director for the past 14 years,” said Albinder. “He has done an outstanding job of marketing New York state apples for Hudson River Fruit.”

The company is also excited to have received two grants in 2018.

“One, from New York Economic State Development, is for facility expansion and upgrades to our controlled atmosphere rooms,” explained Albinder. “The other is from Recharge NY, an energy conservation program for businesses that meet certain criteria. There are a lot of great things in the works for Hudson River in 2018.”

The company has been focusing a lot on marketing its New York State Grown & Certified, Locally Grown and Family Farmed initiative. And it is promoting two new products launched in 2017.

“One is our new eight-pound club pack bag,” explained Albinder. “It is perfect to sell large sized Red Delicious apples. The unique bag design shows a timeline story of our family business and pictures of our farms on the back of the bag.”

The other new launch this year is a New York Grown pop-up bin.

“This bin is perfect for retailers, and it will conveniently hold totes, bags and loose apples,” said Albinder. “We are also heavily promoting the RubyFrost apple variety, which is one of the exclusive New York state club varieties.”