June 13, 2019 Newsletter


Quick Start to Washington Cherry Season And so it begins, the long anticipated start to the 2019 Chelan Fresh cherry season. This year the cherry season will begin quickly and continue with strong availability throughout late June into early August. Tim Evans, Sales Director for Chelan Fresh, states, “We are excited about the size and quality of our crop this year. We feel retailers and consumers alike will appreciate the good color, larger size and firm profile of our Chelan Fresh cherries. Red cherries and Rainier cherries will hit peak supply in time for large July 4th retail displays.” Evans also adds “Our projected [...]

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May 16, 2019 Newsletter


Cherry season around the corner! Washington cherry season is less than 30 days away, and here at Chelan Fresh we’re excited to show off our complete line-up of new Chelan Fresh branded conventional and Cascade Crest Organics® branded cherry packaging. Launched at the end of 2018, our new packaging gives consumers a good view of the fruit through a clear window that is the shape of a cherry with a leaf. Marketing Director Mac Riggan states “From a distance the premium look of this packaging leaves no doubt for consumers that cherries have landed on the shelves of their favorite retailer”. With a white background and a distinctive red color lettering for Dark Sweet cherries and a playful orange color for Rainier cherries, consumers have the [...]

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April 9, 2019 Newsletter


Escape Ordinary!® The KORU® apple is just hitting its stride this spring as the favorite late season apple. KORU® has an excellent flavor profile with hints of vanilla, a crisp texture, beautiful color for displays at the store level and best of all - extended shelf life in both stores and at home for consumers. According to Chelan Fresh Senior Director Denny Annen, “the KORU® is now available year-round with strong domestic production and imports arriving from New Zealand in late May. Because KORU® keeps so well, late spring and early summer is the perfect time to highlight KORU® in stores [...]

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March 14, 2019 Newsletter


Honeycrisp and Granny Smith Available While much of the apple industry is starting to feel the tightening of a short crop year, Chelan Fresh is looking forward with anticipation. With their strong forecasting program and key Category Management, Chelan Fresh plans to have mainstay varieties like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples available throughout the summer months. According to Sales Director Tim Evans, “When you are one of the top producers of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples from Washington State, you plan from the start to supply a steady stream of these varieties for top customers and new accounts. We are thrilled [...]

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October 15, 2018 Newsletter


New Apple Varieties Chelan Fresh is your home for the best selection of new apple varieties, grown in the heart of Central Washington where warm days and cool nights make for the best growing conditions. Visit us at PMA Orlando booth #1789 to learn more about all of our new varieties, our comprehensive availability of Cascade Crest Organic apples, pears, stonefruit, and our Category Management programs that are available. SugarBee® is the new apple in town and is sure to steal your heart with her "Sweet as can Bee" flavor! SugarBee® was born from a bee who pollenated a Honeycrisp blossom and an unknown variety and created the crisp, juicy SugarBee® [...]

October 15, 2018 Newsletter2019-03-27T16:29:54+00:00

July 20, 2018 Newsletter


Freeze n' Store Cherries! Our farmers have worked hard this season to produce a bountiful cherry crop and Chelan Fresh cherries are readily available for at least one more month! The cherries this season are big and sweeter than ever! Now is the time to buy cherries and continue to enjoy them immediately or freeze some for later this fall. Contact your Chelan Fresh sales representative to ensure your cherry program lasts well into August. 509-682-4252. Click here for a few helpful tips on how to freeze and store cherries. Pear Season is Right Around the Corner! Summer is all about cherries, but [...]

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June 29, 2018 Newsletter


Sylvia Klinger pictured above left. Healthy Reasons to Love Cherries Sylvia Klinger, R.D. took the time to visit our Chelan Fresh cherry orchards and write about the health benefits of cherries. We love having a Registered Dietician remind us how healthy cherries are for you. Bounty of nutrients - Cherries are not only beautiful, but they deliver a rush of nutrition – 3 grams of fiber (12% of your daily value) in every serving, as well as vitamin C, potassium and a list of other nutrients such as vitamin K, B vitamins, magnesium and copper. Health benefits - Cherries also provide a number of health [...]

June 29, 2018 Newsletter2019-03-27T16:34:39+00:00

June 3, 2018 Newsletter


Washington Cherry Season has Arrived! The Washington cherry season is finally here! Chelan Fresh cherries are beginning to land in stores just in time for the start of warm weather activities such as picnics, camping and boating. Our cherry farmers work year-round to ensure bountiful harvests. They nurture their trees throughout the winter and since March they have spent sleepless nights monitoring unpredictable spring weather to ensure that emerging cherry buds stay warm. Nightly monitoring of wind machines that help move the cold air ensures the spring nights do not cause damage to the emerging buds. Once the bloom happens, bees [...]

June 3, 2018 Newsletter2018-09-28T21:13:17+00:00

November 15, 2017 Newsletter


Leaning in on Honeycrisp The apple category has been challenging this fall - volume and dollars are down across the US. But, if you look closely enough, there are always areas of growth and opportunity. This month we are leaning in on Honeycrisp apples. Crop to date, Honeycrisp are down over 9M lbs. and $19 M in sales vs. last year. The deeper we dig, the more clearly we can start to see the “bright spots” in the market. Individual regions like Houston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas, are driving increases. New package sizes are increasing in demand and creating an opportunity [...]

November 15, 2017 Newsletter2019-03-27T16:39:18+00:00

October 20, 2017 Newsletter


Cascade Crest Organics® Cascade Crest Organics® has always stood for quality in the world of Organic Fruit production. And Chelan Fresh is proud to represent the growers who believe that growing fruit using USDA Organic approved standards is a benefit to both the land and the consumers who enjoy the fruit. Columbia Valley Fruit growers believe the same and chose to join our Cascade Crest Organics® label to bring our 2017 season offering to over 1 million boxes of 12 varieties of apples, 6 varieties of pears and consumer stone fruit favorites such as organic cherries, plums, pluots and nectarines. By [...]

October 20, 2017 Newsletter2019-03-27T16:52:05+00:00