Category Archives: Hazelnut Growers of Oregon

June 2019: From the CEO’s Desk

Growers, I am proud to share with you, that HGO continues to take steps to achieve their goal in becoming the largest processor and marketer of value-added hazelnut products in North America. Recently, the HGO team, led by our new General Manager Greg Thorsgard, has accomplished some exciting things. In May, HGO achieved an SQF […]

Hazelnut Survey Shows Planting Continues

Each year, Pacific Agricultural Survey provides data to the industry on the number of acres and age of hazelnut trees based on aerial imagery.  This survey assists crop estimation efforts.  It was determined that in 2018, planting continued at a rapid pace. The results show that 8,650 acres were planted in 2018 and 400 matured […]

SQF Level 3 Audit a Success

NOW SQF LEVEL 3 CERTIFIED! SQF is a Global Food Safety Initiative compliant Food Safety Management Certification, created and managed by SQF Institute, used to control food safety risks. Our Cornelius plant was SQF 2 certified and at par with most of the industry. Level 2 SQF Certification (also known as “Certified HACCP-Based Food Safety […]

Drip Irrigation Opportunities

After looking through several long-term weather forecasts, the consensus seems to be clear. A hot dry summer is coming. Having just gone through a dry season last year, we know that water availability is critical for kernel fill and lowering plant stress, thereby having direct effects on nut yields. Soil moisture monitoring systems are becoming […]

Oregon Orchard Retail Value-added Line Now Non-GMO Project Verified

The upcoming launch of Oregon Orchard’s retail offering is in line with “better for you” snacking consumer trends.  The snacking occasion has expanded … throughout the day, and sometimes replacing meals.  Consumers are seeking less processed, nutrient dense foods that provide specific nutrients from the inherent goodness of the food.   Hazelnuts provide what consumers […]