Expanding Organic Import Programs - Freshplaza.com

Posted on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:37
As part of its move to a year-round organic pear program, Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers (OSRG) of Wenatchee, WA, has added certified organic Williams Bartletts, Autumn Bartletts and Green Anjous from Argentina to the category in 2018.
According to OSRG Imports Manager Bruce Turner, the South American organics dovetail perfectly between the end of their Pacific Northwest organic pear season and the onset of the California season.
“It’s an exciting new part of our Starr Ranch Organics program,” Organic Category Manager Dan Davis said recently. “This is the first year we’ve had these pears from Argentina, and they are the perfect fit in our plan to be year-round shipper of Organic pears.”  Davis added that the Organic pear program loads side by side with their year-round domestic and import Organic apple program. “We’re now a full service, one-stop program.”
Turner noted the 2018 Argentine pear season has a somewhat smaller size profile, but the “Starr Ranch Organic program is focusing primarily on 100s and larger as preferred by our retail customers.” He said the pears are available to load in Yakima, along with Starr Ranch Organic apples and Diamond Starr Northwest pears.” 
The pears are available tissue-wrapped in 40-pound cartons and also in the popular two-pound consumer pouch bags.

Oneonta to increase organic production

Posted on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 14:27

Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers will be ramping up organic apple and pear production to meet continued demand.

The Wenatchee, Wash.-based company plans to transition more acreage in the next three years, including Honeycrisp and Pink Lady as well as gala, fuji and granny smith, according to a news release.

National marketing representative Brent Shammo credited the mainstreaming of organics as the reason for growing demand.

“Organic growth has moved away from only specialty stores to large retailers like Wal-Mart and Kroger,” Shammo said in the release. “It has shown the consumer demand for organics is not only for shoppers at specialty stores but for everyday customers.

“With the increased retail availability and the national attention organics receive, both suppliers and retailers can continue to grow their organic footprints,” Shammo said.

He described the current crop as “outstanding” and noted that the organic two-pound pouch bags have been popular this season.