Starr Ranch to market Stadelman's apples, pears, cherries

Starr Ranch to market Stadelman's apples, pears, cherries

Starr Ranch Growers, Wenatchee, Wash., will be marketing and selling Stadelman Fruit’s produce.

The sales partnership starts May 1 and adds more than three million boxes of apples, cherries and pears to Star Ranch’s portfolio of 21 million boxes overall, according to a news release.

Stadelman Fruit, Zilla, Wash., becomes a sister company, maintaining ownership of the storage and packing facility, packing fruit to Starr Ranch’s specification.

“This partnership adds to our scale and gives us the flexibility to pack any variety on any given day,” Brett Reasor, Starr Ranch CEO, said in the release. “The market requires that ability and meeting the needs of our core customers drives all of our business decisions.”

Stadelman Fruit adds a Yakima-based cherry program to Starr Ranch’s seven facilities in Washington, and extends its cherry season. Stadelman has three packing lines for conventional produce and an organic packing line.

"By aligning with Starr Ranch Growers, we are well positioned to serve both our land and the needs of the market,” Jeff Baldwin, president of Stadelman Fruit, said in the release. “Throughout the history of our company we strived to be a top provider of the best quality product."

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