ATLANTA -- An abundance of Washington apples sparked the Atlanta division of Kroger Co. last month to offer a mail-in rebate on bags of the Red Delicious variety. The chain ran an unusual half-page newspaper advertisement featuring an 8-pound bag of Red Delicious retailing for $1.99, after the $1-off mail-in rebate. The mail-in rebate offer is sponsored by the Washington Apple Commission in Wenatchee, Wash., as part of a program trotted out to help move large crops. "It's been a very good ...

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