Fruit, nut exporter connects U.S. farms, China markets

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC TACOMA, Wash. – Farm Breeze International, a specialty crop export company headquartered in Tacoma, did $7.5 million in revenue in its first year selling tree nuts and fruit concentrate to China. In its second year, 2016, it shipped 15 million pounds of tree nuts and revenue more than tripled.

Torklift expands exports with global market research

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC SUMNER, Wash. – Torklift International has made hitches, suspension products, steps and more in Washington since 1976 and started building export capacity about 10 years ago. Sales in Australia have been so strong that in 2015 the company opened a warehouse and distribution center in Sydney.

Businesses head to South Korea to explore new markets

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Business owners from Grant County are headed to South Korea April 26 for an eight-day trade mission to explore export opportunities for Eastern Washington products ranging from flour to exercise equipment.

Business advisor connects students to export opportunity

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Some cookies were too sweet and others too dry, moist or just blah. But after nearly six months of research and development, students in Susan Moberg’s culinary arts class at Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center are hoping the oatmeal cookie served up at a food […]

Did port slowdowns bust state’s hay export boom?

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences SEATTLE – Washington grows and exports some of the best hay in the world, but the market has taken a significant hit from the recent dockworker slowdown that crippled West Coast ports. 

SBDC offers export workshop, opportunity for businesses

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington business enterprises looking to generate sales to new markets will benefit from a workshop offered 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, by the Washington Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at the Spokane Export Center, 1235 N Post, Suite 201. Please register online at http://wsbdc.org/training-calendar. The cost per person is $25.   The […]

Seminar to introduce businesses to exporting

SEATTLE – A seminar title “New to Export” will be presented by the Washington Small Business Development Center and International Trade Alliance March 16-18 in Seattle.   The seminar is designed for small- and medium-sized businesses that want to generate or expand sales in international markets. The program will provide the primary information and resources needed […]

Replacing chemical fumigation of fruit with low pressure

PULLMAN – Fruit consumers and growers will be delighted if Shaojin Wang, a WSU assistant research professor of biological systems engineering, can achieve his research goal. Wang is pursuing a method that could replace the chemical fumigation of apples and cherries grown in Washington with simple low-pressure treatments. Low-pressure storage technology changes the normal composition of air, creating an environment inhospitable […]