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Heart-Check Certification Expanded

Bartlett and Bosc pears certified Heart-Healthy by the American Heart Association®   Portland, Oregon– October 5, 2016 – After a successful introduction of the Heart-Check certification for Green and Red Anjou pears last season, USA Pears expands American Heart Association’s heart-healthy branding to Bartlett and Bosc pears from the Northwest.   The top three pear varieties produced by Northwest growers remain the same as in previous years: Green Anjou pears are anticipated to make up 50% of the total 2016 crop, and Bartlett and Bosc pears are expected to yield 23% and 17%, respectively.   “We received positive feedback from retailers

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USA PEARS NAMES SPROUTS PEAR RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Sprouts earns recognition for pear category strategies resulting in sales increase Download team presentation image from USA Pears   Portland, Ore.  (October 18, 2016) – On the show floor of the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit, USA Pears presents Sprouts Farmers Markets with the 2016 Pear Retailer of the Year award for their pear category improvements in merchandising performance and sales increase. “On behalf of nearly 1,600 fresh pear growers of Washington and Oregon,” says Kevin Moffitt Pear Bureau Northwest CEO, “we congratulate the Sprouts produce team and appreciate their effort in building a strong pear category.”   Sprouts follows many

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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

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

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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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

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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Weight Management

Overweight and obesity rates are at an all-time high, reaching astounding numbers. According to a survey completed by the National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of American obesity (BMI ≥ 30) in 2011-12 was 34.9%. Pears are fat free, and are an excellent source of fiber that contains vitamins and other beneficial nutrients. Several studies suggest that adding pears to the diet aids weight loss, especially when pears replace less healthful or less filling foods. What we choose to eat makes a big difference. By choosing nutrient-dense, filling foods, we tend to eat fewer calories throughout the day. Nutrient-dense

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