Brenda Briggs, vice president of sales and marketing, and Ben Rice, president, both of Rice Fruit Co., Gardners, Pa., stroll through an apple orchard. ( Photo courtesy Rice Fruit Co./Valerie M. Ramsburg )

Gardners, Pa.-based Rice Fruit Co. is updating and developing bags and pouches for the upcoming apple season to meet increased interest in packaged products. 

This fall kicks off the company’s 108th season with a crop from more than 30 grower partners, most within 40 miles of the packing plant, according to a news release.

Rice Fruit offers a range of apples, such as EverCrisp, Honeycrisp and fuji. 

The crop was slightly affected by cold weather in April but Rice Fruit will have plenty of apples to meet customer needs, according to the release.

Like other companies, Rice has adapted its work environments to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The last few months have been very challenging. But each day, we are adding another page to our long history,” Ben Rice, president, said in the release. “We are proud of our past, we love what we do, and our passion for this business keeps us excited for the future and always thinking about what comes next.”

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