Grāpple

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A four-pack of Grāpples on a supermarket stand in S. San Francisco, United States.

Grāpple (/ˈɡrpəl/ GRAYP-əl)[1][2] is the registered brand name for a commercially marketed brand of Fuji or Gala apple that has been soaked in a solution of food-grade concentrated grape flavor (methyl anthranilate) and water in order to make the flesh taste like a Concord grape. This solution does not add additional sugars or caloric content, nor does it affect the nutritional value of a standard apple.[1] All ingredients are approved by the USDA and FDA, and the process has been licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.[3] Contrary to what the name implies, it is an externally flavored fruit product, not a true hybrid of two fruits.[4] The company's use of plastic clampshell packaging has received criticism, notably from a March 2019 investigation by CBC Marketplace.[citation needed] Grāpple's use of plastic packaging was voted the most egregious example of excessive consumer plastic packaging in a 2019 Canadian poll conducted by Marketplace.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "How Is A GrāpplePlus® Brand Apple Made?".
  2. ^ The product packaging includes the subtitle Say "Grape-L"
  3. ^ "Official Grapple Website". Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  4. ^ Wainwright, Martin (2004-12-24). "Apple and grape give birth to Grapple". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-05-29.

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