L&M cuts deal with Conrad & Adams

01/12/2011 02:23:23 PM
Don Schrack

Conrad & Adams Fruit LLC has become the third Washington grower-packer-shipper to join forces with L&M Cos. Inc., Raleigh, N.C. in the past two years.

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The two parties reached an agreement that gives L&M exclusive marketing rights immediately to the Grandview, Wash.-based growers’ apples, pears and stone fruit.

“Dick Conrad and Don Adams are people with great integrity who understand the need to get the customer the right product, as well as the need to re-invest in their business, to add the latest technology and the right varieties that our customers want,” said Richard Gonzales, general manager of L&M’s Yakima, Wash.-area office.

The agreement will boost the company’s annual volume by about 1 million cartons, he said. About half of that volume will be apples and pears.

“Depending on the crop, the addition of Conrad & Adams should push our Washington cherry deal this year to more than 250,000 cartons, more than double what we did in 2010,” Gonzales said.

Conrad & Adams also grows peaches and nectarines.

“It’s a good strategic move for us to have additional fruit during the summer months as well as our apple and pear tonnage,” Gonzales said.

Conrad & Adams will pack its fruit under L&M’s Nature’s Delight label, but also will continue to pack under the Conrad & Adams label, Gonzales said, “because there’s a good following for that label, too.”

Other Washington grower-shippers with which L&M has exclusive marketing agreements are Andrus & Roberts Produce Co., Sunnyside; Apple King LLC, Yakima; and Stand Apples Inc., Cowiche.



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Keith dalton    
vancouver Canada  |  July, 10, 2011 at 02:12 AM

munching on Conrad & Adams dark sweet cherries right now ...... Some of finest cherries I have ever tasted in 50 years .... And believe me ...... I know my cherries!!! Well done Conrad & Adams !!!,

Enrique    
Santa Fe Springs, CA  |  July, 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM

I am eating a bag of Conrad & Adams dark sweet cherries (PLU 4045) right now as I type. I don't think I know cherries as well as Keith Dalton. But I do enjoy a cold bag of cherries once a week. I hope these are not genetically modified.

Joyce Marsh    
Polson MT  |  October, 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I am very disappointed, my husband stopped on his way home from Seattle to pick up nectarines. I have purchased many boxes in the past years and considered them (Conrad and Adams) the premium fruit. I specifically called the store in advance and asked if they had YELLOW Fleshed, FREE stone nectarines. I called two times on two different days, speaking to a different clerk each time. I was assured that the nectarines they had were what I was asking about. My husband purchased 8 boxes at $7.95 a box, the culls, but I usually purchased culls for canning. I have thrown away most of the fruit to date, being able only to use small amounts of the very outer layer. The fruit was brown and rotten in the center. They are stringy, definitely clingstone and the flavor is flat. I believe the fruit was stored at too cold of temp. It was in the 70's when my husband bought the fruit. I gifted four of the boxes to friends who had really enjoyed previous years nectarines, purchased at Thorp's. How awful when people have admitted they threw the ones I bought this year away. Mushy, brown centered, stringy tasteless fruit. Worthless, and it costs me nearly $70. I hope that Conrad and Adams reads this because I do plan on filing for a refund through my CC company and I also plan on never buying their nectarines again and nothing from Thorps. If Conrad and Adams want their products to keep a good reputation, then some discussion is needed with the packing plant, the shipper and the retailer, their staff needs to be informed. I have wasted so much time trying to 'save' bits of nectarines from what looks like good fruit but in reality was just garbage.

Karin    
Newfolden Minnesota  |  April, 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Just wondering why some of the boxes of apples have stickers on every apple and some boxes dont? The stickers are NOT fun! They are hard to get off at times when washing.

ray    
grandview  |  April, 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

the culls are the fruit used for apple juice ect. not nessecarly for eating

Frank    
Melbourne, FL  |  February, 13, 2014 at 03:39 PM

I have the same issues with the stickers. They are practically impossible to remove from the apples once the sticker gets damp or wet. The glue is very sticky and I can't remove it from the apple skin. I wonder what the adhesive is made from. What a silly way to ruin a wonderful apple.

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