The box from Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt reflects the high altitudes at which the company’s late-season cherries are harvested, according to a company news release.
The boxes, which will be used for product packed until the end of the Washington cherry deal, in September, are labeled with the phrase “High Altitude Premium Hill Cherries.”
Stemilt’s cherry deal ends with product from the company’s Amigos orchard, which sits between 3,000 and 3,500 feet above sea level. Anything above 1,800 feet is considered “high altitude” among cherry growers.
Skeena, sweetheart and staccato are the varieties grown in the Amigos orchard.
The new box is a throwback for Stemilt. In the past, the company’s founder, Tom Mathison, packed late-season cherries in boxes labeled “Hill Cherry.”