Press Releases

Arctic®/GE Apple

Arctic® /GE Apples • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Arctic® brand apples for commercial production in February of 2015. The developer – Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) test marketed 20,000 pounds of sliced Arctic® Golden Delicious apples in 10-ounce packages in retail stores in the Midwest in February and March, 2017. • The commercial launch of 10-ounce packages will occur in select supermarkets in the fall of 2017. • USApple… read more

Washington Apple Commission to Host Premier Facebook Contest

  October 27, 2016 Wenatchee, WA, USA – The Washington Apple Commission Wenatchee office will host its inaugural Facebook contest during the month of November. The “I love Washington apples!” photo contest will consist of consumers posting a photo of themselves enjoying a Washington apple with the hashtag #WashingtonApples to the WAC Wenatchee Facebook page. Winning photos will be those with the highest numbers of “Reactions” at the end of the… read more

2016 Washington Apple Harvest Predicted

YAKIMA, WA (August 4, 2016) 2016 Washington Apple Harvest Predicted to be 132.9 Million Boxes The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) released its forecast for the 2016 Washington state fresh apple crop today.   The 2016 forecast is for a crop of 132.9 million standard forty pound boxes of fresh apples. This is up 15% over 2015’s 115 million box crop, but still down 6% from the 2014 record… read more

Washington Apple Commission March 2016 Board Meeting

WENATCHEE, WA (March 7, 2016) Washington Apple Commission March Board Meeting The Washington Apple Commission Board Meeting scheduled for March 10th has been adjourned.  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19th at the Washington Apple Commission building in Wenatchee, Washington.

Washington Apple Overall 2015 Crop Volume Lower

WENATCHEE, WA (October 7, 2015) Washington Apple Overall 2015 Crop Volume Lower The estimated volume for the 2015 Washington apple harvest continues to decrease as harvest finishes around the state. The August estimate first predicted 125 million cartons, which was adjusted downward at the end of August to 120-121 million cartons. The latest estimate, released on October 7, put the total crop volume at 118.3 million cartons. However, industry insiders… read more

Washington Apple Harvest in High Gear

WENATCHEE, WA (September 2015) Washington Apple Harvest in High Gear Washington State’s apple harvest for the 2015 season is in full swing, and growers expect to harvest an estimated 121 – 125 million cartons (2.3 million MT).  This is 10.5% lower than the record harvest in 2014, but could still be the third largest crop in the State’s history.  Warm weather in early summer contributed to a harvest window that… read more

Washington Apples and T-Mall Kick off Global Shopping Festival

WENATCHEE, WA (October 14, 2015) Washington Apples and T-Mall Kick off Global Shopping Festival Washington apples teamed with China’s T-Mall internet shopping platform to kick off the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival on October 13 at Alibaba Group Headquarters in Hangzhou, China.  The opening ceremony featured Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, along with the Consuls from 39 countries, including the US Consul General in Shanghai.  T-Mall is one of the Alibaba Group… read more

Chinese Importers to Tour Washington Apple Country

WENATCHEE, WA (October 1, 2015) Chinese Importers to Tour Washington Apple Country Fresh on the heels of the Chinese market opening for all varieties of apples from the US last spring, nine Chinese importers will visit Washington and Oregon next week to learn more about the apple and pear industries. The Washington Apple Commission and Northwest Pear Bureau are jointly sponsoring the trade mission which brings buyers from major importing… read more