The McDonalds restaurant chain now buys more apples than any other restaurant chain in the US according to this article from The Guardian. Growers are worried because of the power this provides McDonalds in negotiatiosns and, more importantly, determining just what varieties are grown.

While McDonalds have created their apple success and are to be applauded for that at a business level, the result of less variety in apples grown is unfortunate for the US and ultimately the world.

We need lots of varieties of apples just as we need lots of independent retailers and restaurants buying all these different varieties.