Demand for SugarBee-brand cider previews strong apple season ahead

Chelan Fresh’s SugarBee-brand apple cider began shipping this month and is already flying off retailers’ shelves, the company reports, indicating that consumer demand will be strong for new-crop SugarBee apples when they arrive in stores... more »

Rainier Fruit achieves Equitable Food Initiative certification

Rainier Fruit has achieved Equitable Food Initiative certification for its largest farm of over 2,300 acres. According to a news release, for the past three years, both companies have worked to align Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) standards... more »

Following a turbulent year, apple industry looks to rebound, says USApple

Following a shaky year, including COVID-19 market losses, the apple industry is cautiously optimistic, said U.S. Apple Association President and CEO Jim Bair Aug. 20 at the industry’s 125th Annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference. The... more »

USApple 2020 forecast pegged at 253.3M bushels, down 3% from a year ago

Total USApple estimate for 2020: 253.3 million bushels. If the crop hits that number, it would be down 3% from last year, 2% from the 5-year average. The announcement concluded the 125th annual USApple Outlook... more »

Michigan apple growers expect to harvest 22.5M bushels in 2020

Michigan’s official crop estimate of 22.5 million bushels (946 million pounds) of apples was announced this afternoon as part of the USApple Outlook meeting which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020... more »

Apple production, exports up for 2019 crop, says USApple

The 2019 apple crop was the sixth largest crop in history, said the U.S. Apple Association Aug. 20 at the organization’s 125th Annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference. Apple exports also rebounded during the past year,... more »

Vancouver, Washington’s ‘Old Apple Tree’ dies at age 194

It's not often that you'll read an obituary for a tree. Or that a dead tree gets a memorial service of sorts. But then there aren't many like Vancouver, Washington's "Old Apple Tree." "In June,... more »

Washington Apple Education Foundation elects board members, renews officers

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) held its quarterly meeting on Aug. 13.  It is the second time this year for WAEF directors to meet via video conference.  Elections of board members and officers had... more »

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