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Video: Pear Bureau Northwest new website focuses on pear sales

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Pear Bureau Northwest has launched a redesigned trade website focused on the business of pears to grow pear sales.

Visitors to www.trade.usapears.org will find information about pear varieties and availability, marketing trends and research, and promotion

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IFTA conference opens in Grand Rapids, celebrates “moneymaker” apple varieties

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Tree fruit growers from all over the world have converged on Grand here for the International Fruit Tree Conference.

A total of 291 people attended the first activity Saturday, a day-long pre-conference

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California winery at home in Washington

A blind tasting of wines brought Duckhorn Wine Company to Washington.

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International cherry challenges

China’s economic struggles may make for a difficult cherry export year.

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Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program

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It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington.

Washington’s wine industry has started the process of building a world-class research program.

The industry has invested in a new wine science facility, developed a strategic

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Seeking retail space

Retail space is at a premium, with growth in the number of products and organics.

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Food safety research focuses on packing

Scientists hope to reduce food safety risks in Washington apple packing houses.

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Gathering data for food safety

Research will help inform the FDA and producers as the Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented.

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Table grape potential in Washington

Table grapes grow well in eastern Washington and could be popular in niche markets.

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Impact of imports

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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Does it profit to grow for direct-market?

Growers can sell for a higher price, but they also face higher overhead and labor costs.

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Wine growth stays strong

Acreage, production and prices continue to increase in Washington.

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Big supply of juice grapes = low prices

Juice grape prices are likely to remain flat this year, but 2017 could be brighter for growers.

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Strong start for 2015 apple crop

Prices going up after Washington growers harvest third-largest crop ever.

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Mexico to impose duties on U.S. apples

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The Mexican government is imposing provisional duties on most U.S. apple exports, beginning Jan. 7, as its investigation continues into an antidumping complaint brought by growers in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua.

Mexico is the

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Cherries and apples fuel demand for U.S. food in China

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Chinese online shoppers love American food, with U.S. cherries and apples among the most popular sellers, says Fortune magazine.

Looking at Alibaba, China’s version of Amazon, Fortune reports strong growth in online sales of Northwest cherries and

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Benefits of the TPP

Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.

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New focus on grade standards

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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Growers rebuild after plum pox

Some Ontario growers have turned to wine grapes, while others are growing fresh stone fruit varieties.

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73rd Annual Cherry Institute opens on Jan. 15 in Yakima

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The 73rd annual Cherry Institute begins January 15 at the Yakima Convention Center with an update on the Cherry Breeding Program at Washington State University by Dena Ybarra of Perleberg Orchards.

Other presentations that day include:

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Asia-Pacific wine regulators meet to develop wine trade

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More than 80 wine regulators and wine industry representatives from 17 Pacific Rim economies met in Adelaide, Australia, to work toward streamlining import-export requirements for wine.

The two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum’s 2015

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More profits from Concords

Experimental design doubled Concord grape yields last year.

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Coming in January: Nominations for WA Cherry Marketing Committee

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Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee will take place during industry meetings in January. The committee establishes grade, size, and pack regulations for fresh sweet cherries from designated counties

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New York Times says new varieties seek to dominate $3b apple industry

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The New York Times gives a detailed account of competition among new varieties to dominate the $3 billion apple industry.

Readers of Good Fruit Grower are familiar with  emerging varieties, such as Cosmic Crisp, that seek

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Pear Bureau’s Kennedy honored among produce industry young leaders

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Pear Bureau Northwest, the non-profit marketing organization that represents the 1,600 pear growers of Oregon and Washington (home to 84 percent of the U.S. fresh pear crop),  announced that that Lynsey Kennedy, the organization’s international

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Washington still holds the organic edge

Although Europe has extensive organic acreage, much of it is not very productive.

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Before you push trees

Older orchards can be repurposed to new uses or topworked to new varieties.

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Smaller apple crop raises hopes

Gala is close to overtaking Red Delicious, which has been Washington’s top variety since the 1940s.

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Faraway regions form a growing relationship

A Washington county and a state in Kyrgyzstan have become sister regions with goal of reviving the Kyrgyz tree fruit industry.

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma helps promote Washington apples in China

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Leading e-commerce retailer Alibaba Group featured Washington apples at the kickoff for its online shopping frenzy in China in November.

Washington apples were the only imported fresh fruit showcased to kickoff Alibaba’s T-Mall 11.11 Global Shopping

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Tariffs on U.S. fruit to much of Asia go away with TPP agreement

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The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will cause a significant number of tariffs on fruit exported to many Asian nations by the United States to go away immediately or within several years, according to an analysis

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Ups and downs of global production

Canada has the shortest apple crop in 20 years, while Mexico expects to almost tie the record.

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Food safety issues challenge industry

Growers and packers are adapting to the new requirements.

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The art of talking tannins

How do you talk about tannins to the wine trade and consumers?

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Chinese fruit importers visit Northwest

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Ten representatives from Chinese fruit importing companies are visiting Washington and Oregon this week to learn more about Pacific Northwest apples and pears.

The Chinese market opened to all varieties of apples last spring and Todd

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As legacy ends, another begins

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In England, the Yorkshire city of Huddersfield can be found near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme.

The town played a role in the Industrial Revolution when Luddites destroyed textile machinery, and

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Australia’s hort industry sees refugees as possible workers

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Australia has announced plans to accept 12,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria, and the horticulture industry is eyeing the potential for an influx of new workers.

In a statement Sept. 15, the industry’s Voice of Agriculture

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Hort Council’s Chris Schlect selected to meet China’s leader in Seattle

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Chris Schlect, President of Northwest Horticultural Council, has been invited to join a select group to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle Sep. 22-24, an event officially confirmed today.

Seattle will be the first U.S.

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Crunch Pack CEO leaves

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Scott Sargent, chief executive officer of Crunch Pak, the fresh-sliced apple processor and supplier based in Cashmere, Washington, left the company in September after two years at the helm.

Before joining Crunch Pak, Sargent was manager

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Selling lesser-known wines

Wines of lesser-known varieties can be profitable if marketed creatively.

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Fresh-cut path for Woot Froot

Kim Gaarde did the impossible by bringing fresh-sliced pears, peaches, and nectarines to consumers.

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U.S. apple growers expect smaller crop

USApple estimate at 234 million; down about 41 million from 2014

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Apple consumption needs a boost

More resources should be devoted to promoting Washington apples, an economist says.

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Should domestic apple promotions be revived?

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It’s been a decade since the Washington Apple Commission ended its domestic promotion program, after working for more than 60 years to establish Washington apples as “the world’s finest.”

Even without the promotions, apple growers enjoyed

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In The Box: Arctic answers

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Dear Good Fruit Grower,

We’d like to address a few points raised by Mike Willett of the Northwest Horticultural Council in his opinion piece about Arctic apples (“Why go Arctic?” Good Fruit Grower, May 15, 2015).

First,

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Russian closure slows pear exports

Russia had been importing almost half a million boxes of U.S. pears.

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2015 Fruit Crop Guesstimate is in

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Fruit growers and processors met in Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 24 to take an early shot at guessing the size of the some of the nation’s 2015 fruit crops.

The numbers were presented at the 60th

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Reds still dominate apple exports

Club varieties are too expensive when freight and duties are added.

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Ambrosia restrictions to end

By 2019, Ambrosia will be an open variety in both the United States and Canada. But it won’t do well in all locations, growers are warned.

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A direct link to consumers

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Direct marketers—those folks, mostly in the East, who sell most of the fruit they grow directly to consumers—have not been, for the most part, able to “join the club.”

On the other hand, they haven’t been

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