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October 9, 2012

Apple cider prices spike after hit on apple crops

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"Sometimes when the market is impacted by a weather event or some other issue, it will cause prices to spike so high customers decide not to buy, and as result nobody is buying," he said. "Sometimes this has the effect of bringing prices down. It's something to keep an eye on."

Workers at Strites Orchard in Lower Swatara Township press their own cider using apples picked in the orchard. The prices are slightly less than the supermarkets at $2.99 a half-gallon and $4.49 a gallon. "We have plenty of apples," owner Matt Strite said. "It's not hurting us. Compared to last year we have a nice crop. Very clean."

He said apple producing companies, such as Mott's and Knouse Foods, are looking for apples this year and they're willing to pay the price, as much as $8 a bushel. But, Strites prefers to keep about 95 percent of its apples for its market, he said.

"Supply and demand dictates the price will be higher so the growers are getting a higher return so that's good for them," Rodriguez said.

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