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International Market Reps Tour Northwest Pear Orchards

International Market Reps Tour Northwest Pear Orchards

Representatives from around the world get firsthand experience Portland, Ore. – (August 23, 2016)  Last week during Northwest Bartlett harvest, 21 USA Pear marketing representatives from around the world toured the pear growing regions with Pear Bureau Northwest. Key representatives from Mexico, China, India, UAE, South and Central America and more watched workers hand-pick fresh pears in the orchards of Wenatchee, Wash., followed by a firsthand look at handling and production innovations directly impacting pears bound for international markets at two pear packing facilities. Washington and Oregon growers and shippers were invited to meet one-on-one with their pear industry export
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2016 NORTHWEST FRESH PEAR CROP ESTIMATE

2016 NORTHWEST FRESH PEAR CROP ESTIMATE

2016 Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimate Slight drop in crop expected from Washington and Oregon in 2016 PORTLAND, Ore. (June 8, 2016) – 2016 Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimate. Northwest pear growers are releasing fresh pear harvest projections following their annual meetings in Portland last week. Collectively, Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima regions and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford regions estimate a fresh pear harvest of 18.7 million standard box equivalents, or 414,000 tons of fresh pears. These figures are up 2% from 2015 final harvest figures, but represent a 7% decrease from the five-year average. Warm spring weather and good pollination
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Pear Bureau Northwest Hires Sampling & Event Coordinator

Morgan Cairns joins Pear Bureau Northwest staff PORTLAND, Ore. (March 30, 2016) – Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce Morgan Cairns has joined the company as Sampling & Event Coordinator. Cairns brings diverse experience in events, foodservice, communications, and graphic design to the Pear Bureau Northwest team. Most recently, Morgan developed and implemented innovative social media strategies for clients at Expand YOUR Brand in Portland. Previous employers include Winning Mark and BRIX Tavern. “I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the Sampling & Event Coordinator position at Pear Bureau Northwest,” said Cairns. “I’m proud to join this creative
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2016 NATIONWIDE RETAIL DISPLAY CONTEST FOR USA PEARS

2016 NATIONWIDE RETAIL DISPLAY CONTEST FOR USA PEARS

PEAR BUREAU NORTHWEST ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL NATIONWIDE RETAIL DISPLAY CONTEST FOR USA PEARS “Pear Up with USA Pears” contest offers over $16,000 Portland, Ore. (January 5, 2016) Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to introduce their 3rd annual nationwide display contest open to retailers of all sizes in the U.S. and Canada beginning January 15, 2016. The “Pear Up with USA Pears” Display Contest invites retailers to build an eye-catching display of Green Anjou, Red Anjou, and Bosc pears, while including other varieties of USA Pears is encouraged. To qualify for the contest, the display must be maintained for at least
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Adult Fresh Pear Consumers Have a Lower Body Weight than Non-Pear Consumers

Adult Fresh Pear Consumers Have a Lower Body Weight than Non-Pear Consumers

New Study Finds Adult Fresh Pear Consumers Had a Lower Body Weight than Non-Pear Consumers A nationally representative analytic sample suggests that the consumption of fresh pears should be encouraged as part of an overall healthy diet PORTLAND, Ore. – December 2, 2015 – It’s National Pear Month and the perfect time to enjoy juicy, sweet pears. If that isn’t reason enough to fill your shopping basket, there’s another reason to add this fruit to your grocery list. A new study, “Fresh Pear Consumption is Associated with Better Nutrient Intake, Diet Quality, and Weight Parameters in Adults: National Health and
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IT’S PRIME TIME FOR PEARS!

IT’S PRIME TIME FOR PEARS! USA Pears are Plentiful this National Pear Month   PORTLAND, Ore. – December 2, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has officially declared December as National Pear Month, a time to celebrate the abundance and variety of USA Pears, now at their peak and available nationwide. Pears can star in festive appetizers and holiday feasts, gifted fresh, preserved as jam or chutney, and as portable, healthy snacks throughout this active time of year. “All ten varieties of Northwest-grown pears are as uniquely delicious as they are beautiful,” says Kathy Stephenson, marketing communications director for
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USA Pears Positioned Perfectly for Wholesome Snacking

USA Pears Positioned Perfectly for Wholesome Snacking

America’s snacking obsession is about to get fresh with portable, packable, pair-able pears! PORTLAND, Ore. – October 6, 2015 – Harvest is nearing completion for the Northwest pear growers of Washington and Oregon. Over the next months, ten pear varieties will be at their peak, putting a fresh crop of Northwest-grown pears within easy reach now through next spring. As part of a multi-year campaign, Pear Bureau Northwest will position pears as a perfect choice for wholesome, simple snacking with consumer programs including sampling demos and events featuring fresh pairings with other real-food ingredients, new website content, social media campaigns,
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Pear Bureau Northwest Names Wegmans Pear Retailer of the Year

Wegmans receives recognition for pear category performance strategies that led to sales increase Portland, Ore.  (October 24, 2015) – On behalf of the 1,600 fresh pear growers of Washington and Oregon, Pear Bureau Northwest names Wegmans Food Markets the 2015 Pear Retailer of the Year for their merchandising performance and sales increase in the pear category. The award is presented at the Pear Bureau’s PMA Fresh Summit Booth on October 24, 2015. Not only does Wegmans offer all 10 varieties of pears during the year, they also implement several proven merchandising strategies to improve their sales and volume over the
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Pear Bureau Northwest's Lynsey Kennedy Honored

Pear Bureau Northwest's Lynsey Kennedy Honored

AMONG PRODUCE INDUSTRY YOUNG LEADERS Trade Publication “Produce Business” Honors Kennedy in 40 Under Forty Project Portland, Ore. – October 26, 2015 – Pear Bureau Northwest, the non-profit marketing organization that represents the 1,600 pear growers of Oregon and Washington (home to 84% of the U.S. fresh pear crop), is pleased to announce that Lynsey Kennedy, the organization’s international marketing manager, is being recognized as one of the produce industry’s top young leaders. Produce Business, a key produce industry trade publication, has been recognizing exemplary young industry leadership with a special report entitled “40 Under Forty” for the past ten
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Potential Health Benefits of Pear Consumption

Systematic Review Examines Potential Health Benefits of Pear Consumption In vitro, animal, clinical and epidemiologic studies indicate pear consumption potentially improves gut health and set the stage for further evidence of associated health benefits PORTLAND, Ore. – Oct. 19, 2015 – To explore the potential health benefits associated with pear consumption and related health outcomes, Joanne Slavin, Ph.D., R.D., professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, assisted by food science graduate Holly Reiland, conducted a systematic review of studies from PubMed (database of the National Library of Medicine with citations and abstracts of biomedical
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Pear Bureau Northwest Announces Winners in 2015 Display Contest

Pear Bureau Northwest Announces Winners in 2015 Display Contest

Pear Bureau Northwest Presented Awards to 39 Retail Produce Personnel from Across the U.S. and Canada  Portland, Ore. (June 15, 2015) – Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce the 39 winners of its second annual “Pear Up with USA Pears” display contest.  The contest invited all retailers from across the U.S. and Canada to build an eye-catching display that features Green Anjou, Red Anjou, and Bosc pears at minimum, with inclusion of other varieties of USA Pears encouraged. To qualify for the contest, the display was required to be maintained for at least one week during the January –
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2015 Season Estimate for Northwest Fresh Pear Crop

2015 Season Estimate for Northwest Fresh Pear Crop

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 9, 2015) – The annual meeting of Northwest pear growers was conducted last week in Portland, with anticipated projections on the 2015 fresh pear harvest set at nearly 20.4 million standard box equivalents which equates to approximately 451,000 tons of fresh pears.  The projection is 2% higher than the five-year average, and 2% lower than last year’s crop. The estimate was collected from fresh pear growers in Wenatchee and Yakima, Washington and Mid-Columbia and Medford, Oregon growing districts. With relatively mild winter and warm spring conditions in the regions, harvest is expected to be five to seven
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USA Pears Wins First Place for Customer Engagement Event at NAMA

USA Pears Wins First Place for Customer Engagement Event at NAMA

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) awarded USA Pears and its agency Harvest PR & Marketing, Inc., first place honors in the customer event category for its USA Pears Pop-Up Restaurant, staged at the 2014 FEAST Portland event, the Northwest’s flagship food festival.
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New Research Investigates Potential Probiotic Benefits of a Pear-Enriched Diet

New Research Investigates Potential Probiotic Benefits of a Pear-Enriched Diet

Northwest pear industry continues nutritional research investment   PORTLAND, Ore. – March 31, 2015 –Pear Bureau Northwest announces the latest nutrition research results published in the March issue of Food Research International.1 The study is one of several ongoing projects funded and supported by Northwest pear growers to examine the nutritional benefits of fresh pears. Beginning in 2011, the pear growers initiated a roundtable review of existing nutrition research and began accepting proposals from academic researchers for pear exploration. New research results will continue to be presented over the coming years as the industry continues to invest in gathering pear
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Pear Bureau Northwest Awarded 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant

Pear Bureau Northwest Awarded 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant

Pear Bureau Northwest was awarded $40,000 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and $20,000 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) through the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant.
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2014 Revised Crop Estimate Released

2014 Revised Crop Estimate Released

2014 Revised Crop Estimate ReleasedNorthwest pear growers forecast a larger sized crop from Washington and Oregon than originally anticipated
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Fresh Pear Consumption Associated with Better Diet Quality and Lower Risk of Obesity

Fresh Pear Consumption Associated with Better Diet Quality and Lower Risk of ObesityWhen compared with non-consumers, fresh pear consumers have a better nutrition profile
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Pear Bureau Names Winner in Canadian National Culinary Student Competition

Pear Bureau Names Winner in Canadian National Culinary Student CompetitionNew Brunswick student earns highest marks
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Introducing the Pear Up with USA Pears Display Contest

Introducing the Pear Up with USA Pears Display ContestGrocers of all sizes have a chance to win $11,250 in prizes
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Ingles Named 2013 Pear Retailer of the Year

Ingles Named 2013 Pear Retailer of the YearNorthwest pear growers forecast a full-size crop from Washington and Oregon
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Estimate for 2013 Northwest Pear Crop Released

Estimate for 2013 Northwest Pear Crop ReleasedNorthwest pear growers forecast a full-size crop from Washington and Oregon
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Regional Finalists Named in Canadian Culinary Competition

Regional Finalists Named in Canadian Culinary CompetitionFive culinary students will face off in Toronto on April 16 for the National Grand Prize
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USA Pears Gain Access to China

USA Pears Gain Access to ChinaChina expected to emerge as top export market
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Introducing Pear World

Introducing Pear World-Playful new pear-themed website will educate and engage children
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Pear Bureau Northwest Awarded 2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant

Pear Bureau Northwest Awarded 2012 Specialty Crop Block GrantWSDA approves $75,000 grant project
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Northwest Fresh Pear Industry Forecasts Size of 2012 Harvest

Northwest Fresh Pear Industry Forecasts Size of 2012 HarvestGood-sized crop of excellent quality expected from Washington and Oregon
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Pear Bureau Northwest Promotes Bob Koehler to Lead Regional Marketing Manager

Pear Bureau Northwest Promotes Bob Koehler to Lead Regional Marketing ManagerIndustry veteran to develop national marketing strategies
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USA Pears Names Grand Prize Winner in Canadian Culinary Student Recipe Competition

USA Pears Names Grand Prize Winner in Canadian Culinary Student Recipe CompetitionStudent from BC wins top honors
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This Holiday Season, The Time is Ripe for Pears

This Holiday Season, The Time is Ripe for PearsNational Pear Month celebrates the versatility of pears
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Fulfill MyPlate Guidelines with USA Pears

Fulfill MyPlate Guidelines with USA PearsIns-pear-ation to meet MyPlate guidelines
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White Fleshed Fruits and Vegetables Lower Stroke Risk

White Fleshed Fruits and Vegetables Lower Stroke RiskA pear a day could keep strokes away
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Pear Bureau Helps Lead MyPlate Promotion Efforts

Pear Bureau Helps Lead MyPlate Promotion EffortsPear Bureau named USDA National Strategic Partner
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Kevin Moffitt Appointed to Lead World Apple and Pear Association

Kevin Moffitt Appointed to Lead World Apple and Pear AssociationMoffitt steps in for two-year term
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Pear Bureau and Schoolmenu.com Share School Nutrition Information

Pear Bureau and Schoolmenu.com Share School Nutrition InformationPear Bureau Northwest promotes child nutrition with Schoolmenu.com
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Pear Bureau Northwest Releases Fresh Pear Crop Estimates for 2010-2011 Season

Pear Bureau Northwest Releases Fresh Pear Crop Estimates for 2010-2011 SeasonThe forthcoming pear harvest’s yield is estimated to be in line with five-year average
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USA Pears Names Winner of Nationwide Culinary Student Contest

USA Pears Names Winner of Nationwide Culinary Student ContestThree student finalists dished up their pear recipes for judges at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, Ore.
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Kevin Moffitt Appointed Chairman of US Agricultural Export Development Council

Kevin Moffitt Appointed Chairman of US Agricultural Export Development CouncilPear Bureau Northwest President and CEO will bridge communication between organization members and government decision-makers
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USA Pears Gives Fans a Chance to Meet Pop Band Honor Society in Hollywood

USA Pears Gives Fans a Chance to Meet Pop Band Honor Society in HollywoodExciting partnership offers fans an opportunity to win a trip for four to Hollywood to meet Honor Society!
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Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimates Released for 2009 Season

Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimates Released for 2009 SeasonInitial Estimates Point to Above Average-Sized Crop from Oregon and Washington
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Pear Bureau Northwest President Named Produce Industry Top 25 Leader

Pear Bureau Northwest President Named Produce Industry Top 25 LeaderProduce industry trade publication "The Packer" honors Kevin Moffitt for exceptional leadership
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