Jim Offner

Jim Offner

Export demand steady, tariffs spur worries for Washington apples

Exporters of Washington apples anticipate ample business this year.

Organic apple sales continue to blossom in Washington

Apple grower-shippers in Washington say they will have plenty of organic fruit this year, which will keep pace with rising demand.

Washington growers anticipate big apple harvest this season

Gala will overtake red delicious this year as Washington’s top apple variety.

Washington Fruit rebuilds from fire

A devastating fire has led to a new and improved operation for Washington Fruit & Produce Co., which partners with Mount Adams Fruit.

Mexico dominates Northwest pear export business

Mexico is a dominant buyer of Northwest pear exports, but other markets also seem to grow their appetites for the product, according to Milwaukie, Ore.-based Pear Bureau Northwest.

Wealth of varieties carries pear suppliers through season

Green and red anjous, as well as bartlett and bosc, comprise 96% of this year’s Northwest pear crop, according to the Milwaukie, Ore.-based Pear Bureau Northwest. 

Northwest pear growers expect less fruit this season

Pear volumes out of the Pacific Northwest in 2019 will be down, and the crop will late, but growers, shippers and marketers are upbeat about the upcoming season.

Mexico, Canada export destinations for Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions

Mexico and Canada continue to snap up Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions, although grower-shippers from the district say they are working to develop other export markets.

Sustainable packaging becomes top priority for suppliers

Sustainability has numerous connotations, including environmental, as well as economic, impacts across the produce industry, packaging suppliers and their clients say.
Aug 20, 2019 by Jim Offner #Packaging

Produce industry sees sustainability as future of packaging

Produce suppliers are taking hard looks at packaging in terms of costs, materials and environmental concerns.