Extended ideal weather contributed to the largest Chilean Honeycrisp crop yet for Elgin, Minn.-based Honeybear Brands.

The first shipments are arriving this month, according to a news release.

"Thanks to years of careful cultivation, the natural maturation of our Chilean Honeycrisp orchards this year and some exceptional climatic conditions in the south, our North American retailers can expect a vintage crop of Honeycrisp and their customers a just-picked harvest flavor that's impossible to get anywhere else in the United States at this time of year," Honeybear vice president of sales and marketing Don Roper said in the release.

The company has been so happy with the quality of its fruit in Chile that it is planning to test production of its proprietary Pazazz variety there as well.

Also in Chile, Honeybear is transitioning acreage to organic, with as much as 25% of its production expected to be organic by 2019.

 
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