05/04/2015 04:24 EDT | Updated 05/04/2016 05:12 EDT

Washington fruit industry expansion spurred by exportation, new technology, higher crop yields

YAKIMA, Wash. - Washington state's fruit industry is expanding as worldwide demand increases and new technologies help yield more crops.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports ( the state's apple industry is one example of this expanding market, as different orchard methods allow farmers to grow twice as much, and refrigeration techniques make it a year-round business.

China recently lifted its restriction on apple imports, and the industry expects growing pains as providers invest to meet production needs.

Companies are investing tens of millions of dollars in expanding and modernizing their facilities. Borton Fruit is investing more than $40 million, Legacy Fruit Packers is working on $20 million in projects, and Washington Fruit expects its new $20.8 million facility to go online in November.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,