Press Releases

Washington Apples Receive $8.4 Million in Trade Mitigation Funds

    [WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, JAN 31] The Washington Apple Commission will be receiving $8,457,600 through the USDA Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program funding. The ATP program, funded at $200 million, will develop and grow export markets to mitigate adverse effects of trade conflicts with foreign countries.   “We appreciate the USDA’s support of the apple industry and their understanding of the challenges we are facing due to retaliatory tariffs in… read more

Board of Directors Announcement

    [WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, DEC. 7] The Washington Apple Commission welcomes two new members and three reappointed members to the Board of Directors.   The commissioners, who were elected for a three-year term, are: • Jorge Sanchez – Dealer, Position 1 • Miles Kohl – Dealer, Position 2 • Dave Robison (reappointed) – Grower, District 1 • Michael Roche (reappointed) – Grower, District 2 • West Mathison (reappointed) – Grower,… read more

WAC Commissioner Elections

Are you interested in serving as a WAC Commissioner? Here’s your chance! December is the time of year when nominations for the Washington Apple Commission board are accepted.  If more than one applicant is interested, an election will take place and the new commissioners will be appointed in March of 2018. The open positions that are up for election are:           For the grower positions, you… read more

2018 Washington Apple Harvest Predicted to be 131 Million Boxes

      [YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, AUGUST 7] –The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) released its forecast for the 2018 Washington state fresh apple crop today.   The 2018 forecast is for a fresh pack crop of 131 million standard forty-pound boxes of fresh apples.  This is down two percent from 2017’s 134 million box crop.   “The 2018 Washington state apple crop looks to be slightly smaller than last… read more

WAC Signs MoU with Indonesian Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporter and Importer Association

    [WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, JULY 25] The Washington Apple Commission (WAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporter and Importer Association (ASEIBSSINDO) on July 24th. The agreement acknowledges the relationship between Washington apple growers and ASEIBSSINDO members. ASEIBSSINDO confirmed they wished to import Washington apples in a range of varieties and sizes throughout the year. WAC verified they would support the importation of Washington… read more

WAC Board Member Provides Testimony on Tariffs to House Ways and Means

    [WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, JULY 19] – On July 18, 2018 Cass Gebbers, President and CEO of Gebbers Farms, provided testimony before the House Ways and Means subcommittee regarding the effect of tariffs on “U.S Agriculture and Rural Communities”. Gebbers is a Board Member of the Washington Apple Commission. He has served on the board since 2009.   Gebbers addressed the subcommittee on the effect of recent tariff increases from… read more

Washington Apple Commission Announces New Communication Outreach Coordinator

    WENATCHEE, WA (July 11, 2018) – The Washington Apple Commission welcomes Toni Lynn Adams to the team as the new Communications Outreach Coordinator. Her responsibilities include communicating trade information to apple growers, developing website improvements, corresponding with market country representatives, and publicizing the Washington Apple Commission’s mission of promoting Washington grown apples in international export markets through written and oral communication.   Toni Lynn received her B.A. in… read more

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