Tough cherry deal refocuses industry

  • September 1st, 2009

The 2009 season should have been a banner year for Northwest cherries, judging by the volume and quality of cherries shipped, the amount of retail shelf space and advertising devoted to cherries, and the feedback from the market. But for growers, it was a dud. An oversupplied market resulted [...]

In the Box

  • August 1st, 2009

Dear Good Fruit Grower:

Over the years, being in Connecticut and trying to equate the delight fruit testers experience in western orchards with tree-ripe fruit, has been impossible. These testers are often important in deciding what –varieties of fruit are eventually grown and marketed.

When fruit is harvested weeks before retail [...]

  • Wine with a cause

Wine with a cause

  • August 1st, 2009

Winery owners Stacy Lill (left) and Kathy Johanson provide mentoring and scholarships for young women.

The idea was hatched on Halloween night, 2006. Over dinner with their husbands, long-time pals Kathy Johanson and Stacy Lill decided to establish a winery for a good cause; specifically, to fund college scholarships for [...]

  • Last Bite – The story behind letterheads

Last Bite – The story behind letterheads

  • August 1st, 2009

For the past several years, each of these articles has focused on a particular fruit grower or marketer with distinctive crate labels. In this issue, for a change of pace, the focus will instead be on an equally distinctive form of the fruit grower’s marketing art—company letterheads.

Traung, Schmidt, and [...]

  • Good crop on the tree

Good crop on the tree

  • August 1st, 2009

The Washington apple industry expects to harvest a crop of large, high-quality apples this fall, which is what buyers want.

“We’re seeing excellent size and excellent type,” said Bruce Grim, manager of the Washington Apple Growers Marketing Association.

A year ago, marketers were trying to make their old-crop apples eke out [...]

  • Premium Rainiers

Premium Rainiers

  • July 1st, 2009

Norm Gutzwiler wants growers who put more time and effort into raising quality cherries to be rewarded.

The Washington State fresh cherry industry has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to introduce a premium grade for the state’s Rainier cherries.

The new grade, requested by the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee, defines [...]

  • Last Bite – An Apple A Day

Last Bite – An Apple A Day

  • July 1st, 2009

Wilbert “Bill” Hansen was an exception to the rule about many successful fruit industry people being born and raised in the Midwest, because Hansen grew up right in the Yakima Valley on a small hardscrabble farm near Harrah, Washington. Everyone in the family, including Bill, worked hard to make [...]

  • Big plans for WSU viticulture

Big plans for WSU viticulture

  • July 1st, 2009

Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling tasted wines produced from Puget Sound appellation grapes during a visit to Washington State University’s Northwest Research and Extension Center in Mt. Vernon.

On the job only a few months, Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling already has big plans for Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program.

The Good Fruit [...]

  • Cherums and peacotums

Cherums and peacotums

  • July 1st, 2009

Children enjoy novel hybrid fruits during a tasting at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Zaiger Genetics, Inc., internationally acclaimed for developing interspecific fruit, is breeding cherries and plums together in the search for a hybrid cherry-plum, or cherum.

The Modesto, California, fruit-breeding company has had success in creating [...]

Stone fruit crisis

  • July 1st, 2009

Changes in the fruit industry are related to changes in the global economy, says Terry Bacon of Sun World.
California’s stone fruit industry is in a deep crisis. Growers and marketers are being squeezed out of business by rising costs, overproduction, stagnant prices, water shortages, and the difficulties of [...]

Canned pear assessment rises

  • July 1st, 2009

The promotional assessment on Pacific Northwest processed pears will increase from $5 to $7.11 per ton this season in an attempt to keep the Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service functioning.

The volume of pears grown for processing has declined significantly over the past 15 years, B.J. Thurlby, manager of the [...]