Out of the Orchard

Useful Web Sites

By |October 4th, 2010|

The 2010 pear season is starting out well and we have a lot of activities and programs to help [...]

Governor’s Mission to China

By |October 4th, 2010|

Mid September, I had the opportunity to travel to China on the Washington State Governor’s Mission. Prior to the [...]

Vietnam: A Land of Mopeds and Growing Cherry Consumption

By |September 30th, 2010|

Keith Hu discusses merchandising strategy with Metro Fruit Category Manager Vu Thi Thu Huang. The cherry [...]

Asian Trade Tour, Week Two

By |September 20th, 2010|

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

Washington Governor’s Tour to Asia

By |September 15th, 2010|

Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire is taking a group of agriculture representatives on a trade mission to Asia this [...]

Washington’s Export Outlook for 2010-2011

By |September 2nd, 2010|

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:

Past, Present and Future Innovations in the Produce Industry

By |September 2nd, 2010|

Recently I participated in a survey conducted by a major produce magazine to identify the most important innovations that [...]

Eleventh Hour Resolution

By |August 27th, 2010|

North East apple growers dodged a bullet this week, when a resolution to the stalled and bogged down Jamaican [...]

Lower Worldwide Pear Supplies Expected

By |August 20th, 2010|

Recent news from the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) show a 19% projected decline in pear production in [...]

Retail Executives Enjoy a Taste of Peach Harvest

By |August 12th, 2010|

PHOTO: Jill and Peter Douglas show retail guests some freshly harvested peaches and nectarines.
As harvest of the region’s [...]