Sour apple growers end legal tango with the U – Minneapolis Star Tribune

A legal tango over a sweet Minnesota apple is leaving a bitter taste. After a year-long tussle, a group of disgruntled Minnesota apple growers and the University of...

A legal tango over a sweet Minnesota apple is leaving a bitter taste.

After a year-long tussle, a group of disgruntled Minnesota apple growers and the University of Minnesota have agreed to end their battle over the SweeTango, a tasty sensation that takes the best of the popular Zestar and Honeycrisp varieties.

But it might be just the opening skirmish in The Great Minnesota Apple War.

“We’re not all going to fold and go quietly into the night,” said Karl Townsend, owner of Dassel Hillside Farm.

Townsend was one of 15 growers who filed a lawsuit last year over an exclusive licensing agreement that the University of Minnesota struck with the Pepin Heights Orchard.

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