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Yes We Can…

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In recent years, my wife Maggie and I have canned peaches, tomatoes, and asparagus. Maggie comes from a large family and we usually make our

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China, continued….

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I would like to point out the labor-intensive methodology of harvest, to storage, to packing. The first packer asks the grower to presize and presort

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New York Congressional Delegation stands up for US Apples

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After returning from the United Fresh Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., last month, I was inspired to take on yet another national issue that

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Governor’s Mission to China, Pt. 2

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Monday Visit – We arrived in Yantai in the early afternoon on Monday and proceeded approximately 120km to a modern facility in Qixia.

Packing
The facility was

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Useful Web Sites

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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

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Governor’s Mission to China

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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

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Vietnam: A Land of Mopeds and Growing Cherry Consumption

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Keith Hu discusses merchandising strategy with Metro Fruit Category Manager Vu Thi Thu Huang. The cherry crop in the Northwest continues to

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Asian Trade Tour, Week Two

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Washington
Governor Christine Gregoire with Northwest Fruit Exporters’ Jim Archer (left) and me on our trade tour through Asia.

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Washington Governor’s Tour to Asia

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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

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Washington’s Export Outlook for 2010-2011

Recent travels to Chicago to attend the USApple Outlook conference have provided optimistic insights into the export opportunity, or more accurately 'competition', for Washington apples this season. Presenters from several countries provided apple estimates allowing for a global outlook on supplies:

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Past, Present and Future Innovations in the Produce Industry

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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

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Eleventh Hour Resolution

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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

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Lower Worldwide Pear Supplies Expected

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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

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Retail Executives Enjoy a Taste of Peach Harvest

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PHOTO: Jill and Peter Douglas show retail guests some freshly harvested peaches and nectarines.
As harvest of the region’s 13-million-plus-box cherry crop begins to wind down,

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Powered by Cherries, the Chicago Marathon

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This year’s tart cherry marketing plan will kick off in October at the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We’re excited to showcase cherries and

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Going To Market

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New York will have a nice, marketable crop of apples this year. We escaped serious freeze injury this spring, and when you look at the

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Consumer Outreach

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Reaching consumers with information about pears is an important way to raise awareness and usage. One of the best ways to reach our target consumer

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The Good/Bad/Ugly of New York

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Greetings from New York State. I have been AWOL for a while, caught up in local issues that continue to be troublesome. For those who

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Spreading the Word

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When cherry harvest in full swing, so should be the orchard tours. This year is no exception, with the National Cherry Festival as this year’s

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Earliest Harvest on Record

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The sweet and tart cherry harvest started two weeks ahead of normal and three weeks ahead of last year in Michigan. The harvest in Southwest

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Shake It

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The tart cherry harvest is in full swing across the State of Michigan. Harvest started in Southwest Michigan on June 24th, which is a record

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Finally, Cherry Growers Get Serious About Harvest

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Mark Hanrahan
As we approach the last few days of shipping before the window for the 4th of July holiday closes; I find myself worrying that

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Fresh Pear Estimates

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The Pear Bureau and Fresh Pear Committee held their annual meetings in Portland on June 2nd and 3rd. In addition to extensive reports on past

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Washington’s foreign marketplace

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When ‘we’ look at the Washington Apple Commission’s Export Program, our focus is drawn to internal growth (overall crop volume) while the priority is diversification

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Rainier Cherries Receive “Premium” Designation

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Photo: Rainiers at Harris Patterson Ranch, 2009

As we wait for the needed warm weather of June to bring forward this year’s Northwest Cherry crop …

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Cherry Industry’s Person of the Year

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Congratulations to Dr. Amy Iezzoni who was selected this year’s Cherry Industry Person of the Year. Dr. Iezzoni will be recognized at Industry Day, scheduled

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A change of variety

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Approximately one third of Washington’s apples is exported to 60 markets, and in the last five years, Red Delicious accounted for approximately 43 percent of

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Tools of the trade

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Tart cherry growers are used to large production swings. Large crops tend to lead to smaller crops. This was the basis for the Federal Marketing

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June comes in like a lion?

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Photo: Rain-damaged ‘Chelan’ cherries in Pasco, Washington, on May 31, 2010
Amazingly, it’s the first day of June and a month ago I would have bet

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Looking at 2010-2011 with concern

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Each year at this time, we are always asking the same questions: how’s the crop, any damage, will the inventories be manageable by fall, and—most

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Apples take a short break

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Entering into the Memorial Day holiday, with cherry season imminent, industry takes a break to enjoy what could be the last weekend away from the

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Joy of Travel?

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So, you all think traveling around the world is interesting, exciting and all fun—exotic destinations, great food, nice hotels? I have to admit, for one

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CPMA – (Canadian Produce Marketing Association)

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May 12-14th Chris Scott and I attended CPMA in Vancouver, B.C.  The Washington Apple Commission had a booth with our new bright and informative pull-ups,

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Retail Real Estate

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There are around 600 items in an average retail produce department in the US today, each vying for the consumer’s attention. This is double the

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Apple Profit Protection for Local Economies (APPLE)

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Last week, New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced his plan to introduce legislation entitled the Apple Profit Protection for Local Economies Act (APPLE-Act). The legislation

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Think Prevention—Live Long

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On May 8th at the River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, 83-year-old retired cherry grower, Joe Gamble will be suiting up in his “Powered by

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The Way Out of the Wilderness

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Last July, we were contacted by a University of Michigan professor and encouraged to work with their MBA Program to look for new ways to

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Racial profiling

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Greetings from the Empire State, still the home of dysfunctional government and out-of-control spending, but it is home. Our spring sprung early, but so far

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On the Strip

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So, what do you think of when someone HAS to go to Las Vegas to attend a convention? Yes, I know what you’re thinking, but

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Weathering the Weather … Whether we like it or not

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It is late April, and all of us are hoping that frost season has come and gone for the year. As I was heading to

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Precovery vs. Recovery

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The Boston Marathon was this week and was one of our big races this spring. Eating right in preparation for one of these events, both

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Marketing with social technology

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Today’s consumer is not the passive consumer of 10 or 20 years ago. Consumers want to be involved in the products they purchase. They have

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