China Coronavirus Flexibility and Cosmic Crisp Survey

China Coronavirus Flexibility and Cosmic Crisp Survey

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Chinese officials are hoping the U.S. will agree to some flexibility on pledges in their phase-one trade deal.

This comes, sources tell, as Beijing tries to contain the Coronavirus health crisis that threatens domestic growth with repercussions around the world.

Phase-One has a clause that states the U.S. and China will consult “in the event that a natural disaster or other unforeseeable event” delays either from complying with the agreement.

**Idaho-based research firm Category Partners surveyed a group of consumers about Cosmic Crisp which got rave reviews.

The catch, Senior vice president Steve Lutz tells, because the new apple’s seen only a limited launch at this point, finding Cosmic Crisp consumers was tricky.

So, they identified prospective respondents from a social media site followed by a lot of WSU alumni, figuring since the Cosmic Crisp was developed there, Cougars would be more likely to have tried it.

Results? 86% said they were completely satisfied, and 74% said they’d buy Cosmic Crisp again. Go Cougs!

**California tomato processors expect to handle about 12-million tons of fruit this year, a figure essentially unchanged from 2019.

That's good news for the state's processing tomato growers, whose 2019 crop fell short due to late-season rain and hail.

With exports still uncertain, growers expect more of their harvest to be used domestically in products ranging from soup to salsa.

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