Mar 14, 2016Honeybear Brands yields record Chilean Honeycrisp crop
More than ten years after investing in Southern Hemisphere Honeycrisp, Honeybear Brands has reached a record harvest of Chilean Honeycrisp. The Minnesota-based grower and developer will reportedly ship more than a quarter of a million cases of Honeycrisp apples, with the first arrivals landing on both east and west coasts in late April.
“Ten years ago we had a long-term vision,” says Don Roper, vice president, Honeybear Brands. “We wanted to create year-round supply of premium flavored Honeycrisp for our retail partners. As Honeycrisp is a site-specific variety with very particular soil and micro climate requirements, we identified and invested in the best southern hemisphere growing regions to produce the best apple. After painstaking care and ongoing investments, we are now realizing that vision with our young orchards maturing and producing incredible fruit in volume with high color, unparalleled texture and exceptional taste.”
With the addition of its orchards in Chile, Honeybear Brands is the only company growing Honeycrisp in both North and South America, the company said.
Honeybear Brands and parent Wescott Agri Products was granted production and commercialization rights for the Chilean Honeycrisp by the University of Minnesota, developer and owner of the original variety. The company was one of the first to grow Honeycrisp in Washington state and Chile.