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.
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.