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  • 24 lucky Cosmic Crisp winners

24 lucky Cosmic Crisp winners

  • October 8th, 2014

Washington State University has announced the winners of a drawing held to decide who will be able to purchase the first trees of the new apple variety Cosmic Crisp (WA 38 cultivar), which will be available for planting in the spring of 2017.

Twenty-four names were selected from the 445 [...]

  • Large crop on Interpoma agenda

Large crop on Interpoma agenda

  • October 1st, 2014

Europe’s record apple crop and Russia’s ban on European imports will be on the agenda at Interpoma, a biennial congress and trade fair scheduled for November 20 to 22 in Bolzano, Italy.

Europe’s 2014 apple crop was estimated at 12 million tons, a 9 percent increase over the previous year [...]

  • 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 [...]

East Malling appoints French researcher

  • October 1st, 2014

East Malling Research in Kent, England, has appointed physiologist Dr. Julien Lecourt to lead research into optimizing efficiency, yields, and postharvest quality in temperate tree fruit production.

Lecourt was previously at INRA (the National Institute for Agricultural Research) in Bordeaux, France, where he worked on a range of perennial crops.

Lecourt [...]

  • Nicholson is named new chair of U.S. Apple Association

Nicholson is named new chair of U.S. Apple Association

  • October 1st, 2014

Mark Nicholson of Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, New York, has succeeded Chris Britton of Modesto, California, as chair of the U.S. Apple Association with Mike Wade of Wenatchee, Washington, as vice president.

Jon Alegria of Yakima, Washington, was appointed secretary, and John Graden of Cashmere, Washington, was reappointed treasurer. [...]