• Big export year for Northwest cherries

Big export year for Northwest cherries

  • January 27th, 2015

The 2014 season was not only a record year for Northwest cherries, it was one of the best years for Northwest cherry exports, especially to South Korea, which almost doubled imports from 2012.

“Last year was one of our biggest export years ever,” said Keith Hu, foreign marketing director for [...]

  • China’s cold chain is improving

China’s cold chain is improving

  • January 27th, 2015

Though China’s lack of cold-chain facilities and logistics for perishable products has been its Achilles heel, improvements are expected within the next five years, says Keith Hu, Northwest Cherry Growers representative.

China is recognized as one of the hottest markets in the world due to its large population and potential [...]

  • Cherry Institute meeting set for January 16

Cherry Institute meeting set for January 16

  • December 18th, 2014

Cherry growers from the Pacific Northwest will gather at the 72nd Cherry Institute to learn the latest horticultural research, how to deal with tree and bud damage from recent cold temperatures, and how to improve shipping quality of fruit. The meeting is scheduled for January 16 at the Yakima [...]

  • Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

  • November 26th, 2014

age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College

What’s been your greatest challenge?

I think the toughest years for me personally were the back-to-back years of 2008 and 2009. We went from having [...]

  • Line built specially for Rainiers

Line built specially for Rainiers

  • October 1st, 2014

Chelan Fruit Cooperative, one of the largest packers of Rainier cherries in Washington State, built a new packing facility this year that was specially designed to handle the delicate yellow cherry variety.

Chelan Fruit, which has 300 grower members, was set to pack about 9,500 tons of cherries this year, [...]

  • Online cherry promotion earns campaign of the year honor

Online cherry promotion earns campaign of the year honor

  • October 1st, 2014

Northwest Cherry Growers and two Chinese online retailers, Fruitday and Tmall, have received Asia Fruit Logistica’s Marketing Campaign of the Year Award for their joint promotion of Northwest cherries last season.

Consumers ordered cherries via Tmall’s online platform and received them within 48 to 72 hours. Around 200 tons of [...]

  • In The Box: The joy of harvest

In The Box: The joy of harvest

  • August 27th, 2014

Cherry growers Bob and Carol Brown say it’s a joy to see the smiles on the faces of these unbelievably hard-working Rainier cherry crew members.

Camden Wheatcroft, 19, is from Wenatchee and attends the University of Washington, where he plans to major in chemical or electrical engineering.

Casey Boullioun, 35, has [...]