Numbers Are Out for 2014's Washington State Apple Crop

MILTON-FREEWATER, OR - A family-owned fruit company in Washington has purchased Oregon's largest grower and packer of fresh apples.


Wenatchee, Washington-based Foreman Fruit Company has acquired Earl Brown and Sons of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. But the deal allows the Browns to remain and manage local operations involving more than 1,000 acres of apples and 115 acres of wine grapes.


The families worked out a partnership that allows his business to keep its name and its employees. It gives the Browns access to more money for continued growth; the company is already planting another 60 acres of apples and 10 more acres of grapes.


Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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