VANGUARD INTERNATIONAL’S PRIDE PACKING COMPANY JOINS SAGE FRUIT COMPANY
Global Produce Leader Aligns with Key Partner to Market Washington Fruit
Yakima, WA – March 7, 2018 –Vanguard International’s Pride Packing Company has joined Sage Fruit Company to enhance the marketing, sales and distribution of its fruit as part of Vanguard’s global growth and mission to supply fresh, quality-assured produce 365 days a year. The focus of Sage Fruit will concentrate on promoting Pride’s domestic Washington State apples, pears, cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines.
“We are very happy to join Sage as an equity partner and to continue our working relationship with this industry leader to market and sell the fruit we grow and pack in Washington,” stated Craig Stauffer, Vanguard’s CEO. “We look forward to working closely with the Sage team and its members to deliver high quality, great tasting fruit to customers worldwide.”
Founded in 1999, Sage Fruit is a growing ,marketing, and sales organization originally made up by four family businesses from Central Washington (Valley Fruit, Valifcoff Fruit, Olympic Fruit and Larson Fruit). In 2015, Valley Fruit and Larson Fruit combined their packing operations and formed Legacy Fruit Packers (Wapato) with a state of the art packing, storage, and shipping facility. Each of its vertically integrated members is continuously adding acreage to their well-established farms, while also replanting current acreage with high-density, new-variety trees.
“We are excited by the addition of Vanguard Pride to the Sage Fruit Family,” stated Steve Clement, General Manager of Sage Fruit Company. “The addition of such a high quality growing and packing operation to Sage is an important step in our overall growth strategy and will enhance our ability to supply our customers with the best tasting, highest quality tree fruit Washington State has to offer.”
Vanguard Pride is a vertically-integrated 3,000-acre farming operation complete with its own packing and cold storage facilities and is one of Washington’s leading fruit producers. Further development of Vanguard Pride will continue to focus on planting additional acreage of complementary products that provide a unique taste experience and superior quality.
“We’re extremely proud of the success and development that has been created at Vanguard Pride and we look forward to further expanding our growth with the Sage marketing and sales organization,” says Brett Calhoun, General Manager and Vice President of Washington Farming Operations, Vanguard Pride Packing Co.
About Vanguard International
Founded in 1991, Vanguard is a leading global vertically-integrated fresh fruit growing, packing, marketing, and sales organization headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, USA, with branch offices in Wapato, Washington; Bakersfield, California; Lima, Peru; Ica, Peru: Santiago, Chile; Stellenbosch, South Africa; Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Madrid, Spain. www.VanguardFresh.com
About Pride Packing
Founded in 1972 by Ernest Spada, Sr. and headquartered in Wapato, Washington, Pride Packing began its foray into this business by growing apples and pears. Shortly thereafter, Pride diversified into apricots, peaches, nectarines, and cherries. They soon became the largest stonefruit grower in Washington State. Pride is a leader in the Washington tree fruit growing industry and passionate about growing and supplying high-quality, food-safety assured products worldwide. The Vanguard International Group acquired Pride Packing in May 2017.
About Sage Fruit Company
Fruit Company has been producing and delivering the highest quality tree fruit from our family farms since 1999. We feel blessed to live in one of the world’s most fertile growing regions and love to deliver our great tasting apples, pears, cherries, and stone fruit to customers throughout the world. We are proud of our farms, our state of the art packing facilities, and our second to none Sales and Marketing staff who provide such wonderful service to our customers every day.