Leading the way for a successful season, Vanguard Pride releases stone fruit outlook for 2019, with apricots, peaches, nectarines, and cherries.
“We are expecting a beautiful crop of peaches and nectarines for the 2019 growing season. We are excited to provide our customers with the best quality and eating experience with our tree ripened program,” says Brett Calhoun, General Manager, Vanguard Pride. “New varieties include Rich Pride peach, which is a yellow flesh that is rounder in shape and provides great taste.”
Another huge aspect of the Vanguard Pride season will be focused around its robust cherry operation, with harvest expected mid-June.
“We always look forward to cherry season and are thrilled at the forecast for this year’s harvest at Vanguard Pride,” says Craig Stauffer, CEO, Vanguard International. “The perishability of cherries drives the need to be extra careful during farming, harvesting, packing, cooling, and shipping and Vanguard Pride is well-equipped with best in class logistics and operations to meet retailer and customer needs and requirements.”
The marketing, sales and distribution of Vanguard Pride’s fruit is handled by Sage Fruit Company as part of Vanguard’s global growth and mission to supply fresh, quality-assured produce 365 days a year. The focus of Sage Fruit is on marketing and promoting Vanguard Pride’s Washington State apples, pears, cherries, apricots, peaches, and nectarines.
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.
About Vanguard Pride
Acquired by Vanguard International in 2017 and headquartered in Wapato, Washington, Pride Packing began its foray into this business in 1972 under Ernest Spada, Sr.’s leadership 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.