Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012 - (Page 44)

>d DISTRIBUTORS Blue Mountain Growers Fruit Power Blue Mountain Growers promotes sustainable agriculture in Oregon, helping cherry, apple, prune and plum farmers in the area. By Marta Jiménez-Lutter company profile Blue Mountain Growers HQ: Milton-Freewater, Ore. Employees: 320 Specialty: Fruit distributor Justin Brunson, CEO: “It’s what is called patronage. We are doing anything we can to send money back to the growers.” T Blue Mountain Growers processes nine different types of apples, from Fuji and Gala to Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. here are many expressions that highlight how special cherries are – “It’s the cherry on the pie;” “the cherry on top;” and “life is a bowl full of cherries.” Cherries are a sweet summer treat and they come in many varieties. Blue Mountain Growers (BMG) packages and sells 13 types of cherries from farmers in the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Basin regions of northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington state, as well as the Grande Ronde Valley in Oregon. The farmers bring in Benton, Bing, Rainier, Sweethearts and other varieties of the fruit to be packed and distributed by BMG. The cherries go to national markets and also as far away as China, Japan and Vietnam, where the product’s high quality and wonderful flavor make it a popular choice. BMG was established as a cooperative in 1927; the not-for-profit corporation was conceived to promote sustainable agriculture in the Oregon area and to help growers be more competitive. The 100 farmers in the cooperative grow their crops independently and then bring in the fruit to the plant in Milton-Freewater, Ore., where it is packed and shipped around the world. 44 food & drink • fall/winter 2012 • <<

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012