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Orchards fight licensing deal for new apple breed

Courtesy: Woodorchard.com Courtesy: Woodorchard.com

HASTINGS, Minn. (WKOW) -- Some growers are concerned a new breed of apple could put them out of business.

The SweeTango boasts a juicy crunch and intense sweet-tart flavor with a note of spice. It just entered its second year of limited release in the U.S.

It is marketed by certain growers in five states and two Canadian provinces under an exclusive licensing deal with the University of Minnesota.

Several orchards are suing, claiming it's an unfair restraint on trade.

The U of M counters universities everywhere need to find new ways to replace shrinking public funding. It also says the deal protects the quality of an apple it spent more than a decade developing.

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