Monday Visit – We arrived in Yantai in the early afternoon on Monday and proceeded approximately 120km to a modern facility in Qixia.
The facility was modern and set up similarly to most Washington State packers. The packing line had a four-lane sizer with a water dump. The line [...]
The 2010 pear season is starting out well and we have a lot of activities and programs to help ensure it continues that way. Working in a constantly changing marketplace, it is important to stay on top of things in order to create strategies and plans for tomorrow and [...]
Mid September, I had the opportunity to travel to China on the Washington State Governor’s Mission. Prior to the mission, Washington Apple Commission Chairman Frank Davis and I visited Shandong Province and I would like to share these details with you.
Yantai is a coastal city lying southwest of Dalian [...]
Keith Hu discusses merchandising strategy with Metro Fruit Category Manager Vu Thi Thu Huang. The cherry crop in the Northwest continues to expand and growers will continue to need new markets and new segments in order to remain viable. With this fact in mind, I [...]
Governor Christine Gregoire with Northwest Fruit Exporters’ Jim Archer (left) and me on our trade tour through Asia.
Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire is taking a group of agriculture representatives on a trade mission to Asia this week and next. This photo shows apple and potato commissioners and support personnel in Sci-tech Beijing with the state’s ag director. Sci-tech is a high-end retailer. Washington Apple Commission President [...]
Recently I participated in a survey conducted by a major produce magazine to identify the most important innovations that have shaped the industry in the past 25 years as well as those that will shape the future. They will use the survey results in an upcoming issue of their [...]
North East apple growers dodged a bullet this week, when a resolution to the stalled and bogged down Jamaican H2A program was finally announced by Senator Leahy’s (Vermont) office. The announcement of the resolution was made after industry leaders and elected officials worked tirelessly for the last few weeks [...]
Recent news from the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) show a 19% projected decline in pear production in the European Union (E.U.), making this year’s crop potentially the lowest in a decade. Closer to home, the Pacific Northwest pear crop is projected to see an 11% decrease. Factoring [...]