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Hudson River Fruit Distributors upping its game with New York-grown SnapDragon apples

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A leading New York apple producer, Milton, NY-based Hudson River Fruit Distributors Inc., will be featuring its exclusive New York-grown SnapDragon apples at booth No. 2701, at the PMA Fresh Summit Oct. 19-20 in Orlando, FL.

Alisha Albinder Camac, fourth-generation family member now helping to oversee the company’s operations from her sales and marketing position, said, “The SnapDragon is the perfect ‘snack smart’ apple. Hudson River Fruit offers 12-count, two-pound pouch bags and loose SnapDragons.”

The apple is characterized by its “monster crunch.” It takes part of its profile from one of its parents, the Honeycrisp, providing it with its spicy-sweet flavor. Along with RubyFrost, SnapDragon is one of two exciting new apples that were 10 years in the making and developed by Cornell University’s apple-breeding program. The SnapDragon also uses the taglines "locally grown" and "two-napkin juicy." It’s excellent for fresh eating, and great for salads and in gourmet recipes.

Hudson River Fruit will also be displaying some of its popular proprietary packaging of Lil Chief brand apples at the PMA Fresh Summit.

Hudson River Fruit Distributors had its start in 1932 when Isadore (Izzy) Albinder immigrated to the United States from Russia. When he arrived in New York he recognized an opportunity to broker fresh produce. He bought a pushcart and began selling on the neighborhood streets of Brooklyn.

After some time, he began having trouble finding apples that he considered high enough quality, and so decided to venture up to the Hudson Valley to source the produce directly. He began fostering relationships with apple growers, some of whom Hudson River Fruit Distributors continues to work with today. The company bought its first orchard in 1967 in order to have better control of the apples it sold.

Izzy’s son, Harold (Chief) Albinder was persistent in all his endeavors and took many calculated risks to build the business to what it is today.

“My grandfather turned 80 in the spring, and is still active in the business,” noted Albinder Camac. “My father, Daniel, joined the company in 1980. Over time he learned every aspect of the business from the ground up.”

She added that the PMA Fresh Summit is a great event for Hudson River Fruit. “It provides us with the opportunity to catch up with familiar faces, and to meet new people,” she said.