The processing side of Oregon Cherry Growers, a grower cooperative, has been purchased by Pacific Coast Producers, a California co-op that processes and packages produce for retail and food service.
The Oregon Cherry Growers name and production facilities in Salem and The Dalles will continue, according to a news release from the cooperative. After the transaction, Oregon Cherry Growers’ fresh cherry business will continue independently, but will be renamed Cascade Fresh Fruit.
The parties expect to finalize the purchase on June 17.
Oregon Cherry Growers, founded in 1932, consists of nearly 60 farmers in the Willamette Valley and the Columbia River Gorge. It’s the largest grower-processor of sweet cherries in the world. Pacific Coast, based in Lodi, California, represents peach, pear, apricot, apple and plum growers in supplying branded canned fruit.