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Organic & Integrated Tree Fruit Production

Monday, February 18, 2019

Organic Tree Fruit Outlook

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The organic food market is dynamic and growing. In Washington State, organic tree fruit production accounts for over half of the farmgate value of organic crops and livestock produced, and the state is the leading producer in the country of organic apples, pears, and cherries. WSU faculty work with industry and organic sector partners worldwide to monitor trends in organic tree fruit and to provide outlooks to growers and the industry to help them with their strategic decisions.

2016 Projections. The following two presentations were delivered in January 2016 and have been revised and annotated for use here. They contain data on the current organic apple situation in Washington along with projections of future supply, value, and price.

Increasing Organic Production: Where Are We Headed? D. Granatstein and E. Kirby., Washington State University

Organic Apple Outlook: 2015/16 Market Update and 2016 Calendar Year Forecast. M. Miles, First Fruits Marketing of Washington


2015 Organic session, Wash. St. Tree Fruit Assoc. annual meeting, Dec. 8, 2015, Yakima, WA. The session was focused on the current status of organic tree fruit markets along with discussions of several important production and policy issues.

The Organic Tree Fruit Sector

Sector trends – global to local. David Granatstein, Washington State University

View from the retailer. Frank Padilla, Costco, Inc.

View from the fresh fruit shipper. Howard Nager, Domex/Superfresh Growers

View from the processor. Cris Hales, TreeTop Inc.

The role of fresh sliced organic. Tony Freytag, Crunch Pak

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