New York apple industry, keeping a keen eye on Cuba

Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association, said that developing trade negotiations with Cuba could be of interest to the state’s apple industry.

“Governor Cuomo was in Cuba in late April, and I have been barraged with questions from both the New York agriculture industry as well as the press covering his trip, asking about New York apples to Cuba.

Emil Serafino, vice president of Exp Group LLC, in North Bergen, NJ, also noted hopes for doing business in Cuba in the future.

“We do plan to be ready to explore business possibilities in Cuba once relations return to normal,” said Serafino. “This is something that we are looking forward for 2016.”

Governor Cuomo returned home with a couple of deals in hand.

On April 21, CBS2 Political Reporter, Marcia Kramer reported that although the trade mission was supposed to be about developing future business, the group actually came back to the states with two deals made, including one where an upstate medical facility is going to be able to run clinical trials of a lung cancer vaccine developed by Cubans.

It’s not fresh produce — but hopes are that it’s just a matter of time.

“The future could be good, or at least much better than the past for apples in Cuba,” said Allen. “And there is China, which is now open to reciprocal apple trade to and from the U.S.”

The Produce News, May 27, 2015

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