( Stemilt Growers )

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers has achieved a three-year Equitable Food Initiative certification at its Quincy, Wash., apple and cherry orchard operation. The company has plans to expand the program, according to a news release.

Stemilt completed a successful EFI pilot in 2019 and is now working with the organization to train and develop cross-functional leadership teams that will promote constant improvement throughout its operations.

“Quincy is a large orchard that is now benefiting from the continuous improvement work of our 11-person leadership team,” West Mathison, president of Stemilt, said in the release. “EFI provides valuable workplace skills training and helps us put processes in place to practice great communication and collaboration every day.”

Stemilt’s Quincy orchard went through a third-party verification audit conducted by SCS Global Services to ensure it complied with EFI standards, according to the release. 

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