CASHMERE, WA - After more than 100 years of business, Liberty Orchards Company, the Washington State family-owned makers of Aplets & Cotlets candies, will close operations by June 2021.
The Company says they will continue to seek a buyer for the assets, including the brands, the production equipment, and the factory and warehouse buildings.
Three generations of family members have managed the business since 1920. The founders' legacy was carried into the second generation by John Chakirian and Richard Odabashian, who ran the business from 1956 into the 1980s. Since then, Greg Taylor, the grandson of Armen Tertsagian, has served as the company's President. The company was founded in 1920 by two Armenian immigrants, Mark Balaban and Armen Tertsagian, who bought a small apple orchard and were inspired to use their surplus fruit to create Aplets, an apple and walnut confection based on Locoum, the famous Near East candy popularly known as Turkish Delight. A few years later, a second product, Cotlets, made with apricots and walnuts, was introduced.
Besides Aplets & Cotlets, the company produces Fruit Delights, Dessert Delights, and Fruitlets, to name just a few of its products. More recently, the company created Orchard Bars, a nutritious fruit-nut-seed bar, to meet the growing demand for gluten-free, non-GMO snacks. The family is immensely proud to have carried forward the founders' legacy in providing more than 100 years of the highest quality products and employment to generations of families in its community.