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  • Schlect: From Russia without love

Schlect: From Russia without love

  • August 12th, 2014

● Russia’s economic ban on U.S. agricultural goods will affect the Pacific Northwest’s apple and pear export programs this coming crop year. While the loss of direct sales is a concern, there are also the indirect impacts. For example, where will all the European apples that ordinarily were [...]

  • NW cherry crop breaks record

NW cherry crop breaks record

  • August 7th, 2014

For Northwest cherry growers, the season has been quick to harvest and has now reached a record-breaking volume, blowing through 23 million boxes shipped.

Northwest Cherry Growers reported today the previous season-ending record of 22.96 million, 20-pound equivalent boxes, set in 2012, was surpassed this week with crops still being [...]

Herald visits Sea-Tac to watch cherries fly to China

  • July 23rd, 2014

The Yakima Herald-Republic’s Ross Courtney visited Sea-Tac airport to watch cherries from the Yakima and Wenatchee areas get loaded for fast delivery aboard a China Eastern Airlines 777 cargo plane.

Courtney wrote:
Cherries sure mean a lot of work at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, just like they do in the [...]

  • Grab and go packaging: Cup o’ Cherries

Grab and go packaging: Cup o’ Cherries

  • July 18th, 2014

Chelan Fresh Marketing has introduced a new consumer pack of cherries designed for snacking on the go.

The package, called Cup o’ Cherries, resembles a lidded coffee cup. The lid, however, has a cherry-sized hole, allowing the consumer to tip a cherry into the mouth, and a nifty compartment with [...]

  • Northwest cherries moving in huge volumes

Northwest cherries moving in huge volumes

  • July 2nd, 2014

June saw some huge shipments of cherries, averaging 332,000 boxes per day, according to the Northwest Cherry Growers.

What was expected to be the second biggest cherry crop ever has triggered enormous movement to the marketplace. June’s total came in at 10.3 million boxes.

Domestic retailers have stepped up promotions through [...]

Goodbye, Washington Growers Clearing House; hello, Tree Fruit Association

  • June 13th, 2014

Board members of the Washington Growers Clearing House will hold their last meeting of the association’s 73-year history in August.

In a mail ballot, its members overwhelmingly approved the board’s recommendation to dissolve the association and consolidate with other industry groups to form the new Washington Tree Fruit Association.  More [...]

Thurlby: Northwest cherry team on the go through first crop estimate

  • May 16th, 2014

The promotion staff at the Northwest Cherry Growers has been all over the globe over the past several months.

Likewise, the phone continues to ring with queries from media, retailers and importers asking how big the crop is going to be and from growers informing me that there is “great [...]