Chelan Fruit Cooperative, located in Chelan, WA, announced the acquisition of the Orondo Fruit Co. packing plant in Orondo, WA, from the Griggs and Clennon families. Along with this purchase comes the opportunity to pack and market the Orondo Ruby cherry, as well as some of the state's premier Rainier cherries, which are grown by the Griggs family.
The new Orondo Ruby cherry was discovered in 2001 and boasts an early ripening, exceptionally sweet, juicy and delicious flavor, with tremendous consumer appeal. Chelan Fruit Cooperative will be packing and shipping the Orondo Ruby cherry in the summer of 2013.
Chelan Fresh is a major marketer of Washington state tree fruit and has marketed all tree fruits from Chelan Fruit Cooperative under the "Trout" Label for the past nine years.
The Orondo Ruby Cherry will be featured at the Chelan Fresh Marketing booth (No. 1258) at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit convention Oct. 26-28 in Anaheim, CA.