WENATCHEE, Wash. – Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be as sweet without making Pink Lady apples a top promotional item for the loveliest day of the year.
Stemilt’s BB #:113654 marketing director, Brianna Shales, shares opportunities with retailers for bulk Pink Lady apples and how to boost the variety’s momentum through multi-variety ad promotion.
“Bulk is the major opportunity for Pink Lady this year and Valentine’s Day is a key timeframe to promote the variety,” explains Shales. “This is one variety we’ve seen promotable volumes of compared to last year and makes a pretty-pink addition to the theme of the holiday.”
Currently, 46% of Pink Lady volume goes into a package and 53% is sold bulk, which is a higher SKU than other varieties. Nielsen scan data showed this apple grew 45% in both dollars and volumes from January-April 2022 when compared to the year prior.
“This data shows us how retailers got behind Pink Lady last year and built really good momentum in the apple category,” says Shales. “Keeping that momentum going through bulk promotions is going to bring attention to larger Pink Lady apple sizes so retailers can increase their volume during a shorter crop year.”
Nationally, Pink Lady apples make up about 6.5% of apple volumes sold and about 6.2% of category sales during the January-April timeframe. In the Midwest, Pink Lady accounts for 8.2% of apple category volume. In the South and West regions, it makes up 6% each, and 5.2% in the Northeast. According to Shales, promoting bulk will help retailers in the South, West, and Northeast regions grow towards the U.S. average.
“It’s all about making Pink Lady part of multi-variety promotions every month throughout the late winter and spring months,” explains Shales. “Since Pink Lady sits on the tart side of the flavor spectrum, it can help bridge the gap where you’d normally have Granny Smith promotions, and still provide another tart apple option. To boost the category, conventional and organic Cosmic Crisp, and organic Fuji compliment Pink Lady apples promotions.”
Pink Lady apples are known for their pink-hued skin, crisp bite, and effervescent finish. Its high sugars and acids make them slow to brown, making it a versatile apple for fresh snacking, baking, or entertaining. Its long season makes it a regular feature in the top 10 apples positioning it to perform well around the Valentine’s Day holiday.
“We’re always happy to provide retailers with the POS they need to make the variety stand out,” says Shales. “The quality and color of Pink Lady poises it to be a variety for promotion in the late winter and spring time. When looking for opportunities to grow and increase volume in the apple category this winter and spring, Pink Lady fits the bill.”
Stemilt is a family-owned grower, packer, and shipper of tree fruit. Owned and operated by the Mathison family, Stemilt’s mission is to cultivate people and delight consumers with its World Famous Fruits. Stemilt is a leader in sweet cherries and organic tree fruits, and a key supplier of apples and pears. The company stewards an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible business through its Responsible Choice program, which has been in place since 1989. For more information about Stemilt, visit www.stemilt.com.