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Washington Fruit & Produce, Yakima Fresh merge

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. and Yakima Fresh have merged to sell apples, cherries and pears.

Rainier Fruit earns EFI certification for its largest farm

Rainier Fruit, Selah, Wash., has earned Equitable Food Initiative certification for its largest farm, which is more than 2,300 acres.

Consumer Reports releases produce ratings based on pesticide residue

Consumer Reports has published a list that rates dozens of fresh produce items based on pesticide residue. The ratings use the same EPA reports that the EWG uses for its annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists.

Cherry and agricultural water summit dates set

Two events — the Global Cherry Summit and the Agricultural Water Summit — have been postponed until April in Chile because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CMI sees growth with recent partnerships

CMI Orchards, Wenatchee, Wash., has boosted its marketing capacity in recent years, adding more than four million boxes of fruit.

Going to Cherry College with Stemilt’s Kyle Mathison

With more than a month left in cherry harvest season in Washington state, The Packer’s Tom Karst caught up with a busy Kyle Mathison, fourth-generation grower with Stemilt Growers on July 16. 

Fresh veg sales at retail up 16% from year-ago levels

Retail sales of fresh vegetables continue to significantly exceed 2019 as many consumers continue to eat more meals at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Produce sales for Fourth of July week 9% higher than 2019

Fresh produce dollar sales for the biggest holiday week of the summer totaled $1.54 billion, up 9% from 2019.

Congdon Orchards to supply Sage Fruit

Congdon Orchards Inc., Yakima, Wash., is now a supplier of Washington apples, pears and cherries to Sage Fruit Co., starting Aug. 1.

Father’s Day weekend boosts produce sales growth past 15%

Fresh produce dollar sales growth over 2019 topped 15% in the third week of June, boosted by Father’s Day weekend, with vegetables experiencing sales growth of more than 20%.