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No Ordinary Caramel Popcorn

No Ordinary Caramel Popcorn

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 1 comment

Moose Munch® Popcorn. It’s the reason the smell of sweet caramel fills the parking lot on our beautiful Southern Oregon campus a few times a week. Deliciously rich and chocolaty, it’s always a treat to see a bowl of fresh Moose Munch® Popcorn in the break room when walking into work. Apart from our Royal Riviera® Pears, to me it’s the product that...

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Fresh Fruit. The Old Fashioned Way

Fresh Fruit. The Old Fashioned Way

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 2 comments

In 1936, the Hoover Dam was completed. Jesse Owens won the 100 meter dash at the Berlin Olympics. The first edition of LIFE MAGAZINE was published. And Harry and David introduced the first Fruit-of-the-Month Club® Collection. That was a really long time ago. And even though we may not make it to mainstream history’s timeline, it’s pretty cool that...

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Charlie in Our Chocolate Factory

Charlie in Our Chocolate Factory

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 0 comments

Almost everything we do around here has to do with either fruit or chocolate. It’s kind of what keeps us going at the end of those long days and what gets us up bright and early in the morning. I decided to take a further look into the latter, our much loved secret chocolate blend. Our chocolatier, Charlie Douglass, gave me the scoop on what goes on...

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All For The Perfect Pear

All For The Perfect Pear

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 1 comment

Bumping along the dirt roads in a gold minivan, we drive through just a few of the 21 Harry & David orchards. It’s a gorgeous, not-too-hot day and we’re leaving a dusty trail in our wake. Matt Borman, director of the orchards, has agreed to take three of us writers on a tour so we can see for ourselves how the Royal Riviera® Pears got so famous. I...

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Fast Packing Sisters

Fast Packing Sisters

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 1 comment

For almost 30 years Maria Cuevas has been packing gift baskets at Harry & David, working alongside her two sisters-in-law, Hope Navarro and Gloria Jacuinde. When I meet each of them, separately, none of them admit to being the fastest. I secretly want to see them in a gift basket packing race but I refrain from asking. They’ve got work to do....

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An Apple a Day

An Apple a Day

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Articles, Field Notes | 0 comments

We get so excited around here when it’s time to harvest our Royal Riviera® Pears, it’s hard to focus on anything else. Unless you work in the fruit acquisition group, of course. For them, it’s all about apples this time of year. Starting Monday, September 10, a group of Harry & David Fruitees (like Foodies, only with fruit) are flying to...

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