Chelan Fresh has grown to be one of the largest marketers and shippers of Washington fruit, with nearly 400 growers. They set the bar for efficient and high quality packaging techniques, with pickers filling smaller buckets rather than full bins. This allows bins to be full in minutes vs hours, creating a steady stream for immediate movement into the cold chain. The cherries are then sorted and packed in cool water to prevent bruising and allow them to be slowly cooled.
They employ around 15 Vietnam era helos and pilots during the season to force the rain off orchards, resulting in less loss. Their fruit includes cherries, apples, pears, pluots and plums including the crab apple hybrid, Rocket Apples.