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Agency directors from Washington, Oregon, Michigan, and New York give their take on the world of tree fruit. View blog

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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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