August 1, 2019 Newsletter


Late Season Cherry Availability Still Strong August is here, but the northern district of Central Washington Cherry Season continues to produce a very good volume of high-quality cherries. Tim Evans, Sales Director at Chelan Fresh remarked “the cherries that are coming off the tree now eat as well as we can remember and are definitely larger than normal.” These cherries are not just large, but really a jumbo size with the majority of the crop peaking on a 9 row cherry and larger. The Chelan Fresh growers are continuing to produce consistent daily volume for the next 10 days. According to [...]

August 1, 2019 Newsletter2019-08-02T20:15:43+00:00

July 10, 2019 Newsletter


Mid-Season Cherry Forecast As mid-July approaches, Chelan Fresh is at the peak of our cherry harvest. With some of our largest producing orchards situated in the northern part of Central Washington and at higher elevations, our cherry orchards hit their peak both in both volume and fruit size. According to Sales Manager Tim Evans, “We continue to pick some of the best eating, and larger than normal cherries as we move into mid-July. Our fruit continues to peak on 9.5 row and larger and the summer weather to date has been slightly cooler, creating one of the best eating cherry crops in recent memory. US [...]

July 10, 2019 Newsletter2019-08-01T17:41:52+00:00

June 27, 2019 Newsletter


The Best is Yet to Come! The 2019 cherry season continues to create excitement and opportunities for promotion of Washington Sweet and Rainier cherries. According to Marketing Director Mac Riggan, “While August will provide some smaller promotable volumes of Dark Sweet cherries, retailers would be well advised to focus their largest promotional activity on July volumes to capture dollars lost on the short  California crop and the now compressing Washington crop.”  “Club varieties like Orondo Ruby® and the Wild Sweet cherry are only available in late June through early July so capture the additional ‘wow!’ factor while these unique, but limited volume cherries last.” “Post 4th of July ad promotion will [...]

June 27, 2019 Newsletter2019-08-01T17:47:01+00:00

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 [...]

June 13, 2019 Newsletter2019-06-13T14:13:23+00:00

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 [...]

May 16, 2019 Newsletter2019-05-16T14:57:52+00:00

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 [...]

April 9, 2019 Newsletter2019-04-09T14:44:17+00:00

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 [...]

March 14, 2019 Newsletter2019-03-27T16:24:38+00:00

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 [...]

July 20, 2018 Newsletter2018-09-28T21:02:56+00:00

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