Northwest Pears business updates

08/24/2012 08:53:00 AM
Jim Offner

Associated Fruit Co. renames variety

Phoenix, Ore.-based Associated Fruit Co. is offering other growers a chance to grow and ship its proprietary red angelo pear variety for the first time, said Doug Lowry, the company’s chief executive officer.

The red angelo, a late-season variety developed by company founder David Lowry, has been shipped exclusively by Associated, said Doug Lowry, grandson of David Lowry.

Associated Fruit also is changing the name of the variety, Lowry said, although a new moniker had not been chosen by mid-August.

“We’ve been selling it under the name of the red angelo for years, but we’re going to offer it to the rest of the world under certain terms of agreement and a royalty,” he said.

The variety has attracted interest from other growers, inside and outside the U.S., Lowry said.

Bridges Produce adds pear growers

Portland, Ore.-based Bridges Produce has added to its pear grower network for the upcoming season, said Maureen Royal, saleswoman.

“Our volumes will increase about 15% with the addition of a few new growers to the program and an additional packinghouse working relationship we’ve established,” Royal said.

Pear Bureau creates foodservice site

The Milwaukie, Ore.-based Pear Bureau Northwest has launched a website with a foodservice focus, said Cristie Mather, communications director.

The site, www.foodservice.pear.org, was rolled out at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference July 26-28 in Monterey, Calif.

“We wanted to provide a resource for foodservice operators and distributors to get a better handle on the different varieties, when they’re in season, different recipe variations, information about handling,” Mather said.

The site is a resource for ripening programs, she said.

Stemilt Growers launches pear Lil Snappers

About a year after Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers Inc. launched its Lil Snappers line of 3-pound bags of apples and anjou pears for kids, the grower-shipper is adding bartlett pears to the line this year, said Roger Pepperl, marketing director.

The reclosable bag, which can stand upright on a refrigerator shelf, features graphics and a QR code that directs customers to a website with information on nutrition and recipe ideas, Pepperl said.

The product is shipped in a high-graphic display-ready box, Pepperl said.



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