Trade name:     Washington Apple Commission
Washington Apple Commission Origin

The Washington State Apple Advertising Commission was created by an act of the Washington State Legislature in 1937 at the request of the apple industry, making it one of the oldest and largest commodity commissions in the United States.
The Commission is considered a governmental agency since it is state-mandated, yet is governed and totally funded by growers under the supervision of the Director of Agriculture who approves the budget and sits on the Board of Directors.
The primary purpose of the Commission is advertising, promotion, education and market development for the Washington fresh apple crop. Currently no promotions are being implemented in the US, but are implemented in more than 30 countries overseas where Washington apples are sold. In the fertile valleys and plateaus of America's Pacific Northwest, growers tend orchards that produce the world's best apples. More than 175,000 acres of apple orchards are nestled in the eastern foothills of the picturesque Cascade Mountains of Washington at elevations from 500 to 3,000 feet above sea level. The orchards are irrigated with plentiful and cool mountain water.
The area first became known to American pioneers at the turn of the 19th century and by 1826, early settlers had discovered that the area's rich lava-ash soil and plentiful sunshine created the ideal conditions for growing apples. The arid climate also meant fewer insect and disease problems, thereby increasing the overall pristine quality of the apples through to harvest. Noting the health and vigor of apple trees planted along stream banks, pioneers developed irrigation systems, and by 1889, commercial orchards were established. Most apple-growing districts in the State are still located along the banks of major rivers.
The average size of a Washington Apple orchard is about 100 acres, but some cover as many as 5,000 acres and employ 300 or more farm workers year-round. It takes an estimated 35,000 to 45,000 pickers to harvest the apple crop during the peak of harvest. Washington State growers successfully harvest a wide variety of apples including Red and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala and many others.
Link to: corporate website, Facebook, Wikipedia. A beautiful collection of Apple Box Labels images (Crate labels).

Due to the large number of labels the series were divided into 4 groups and therefore 4 pages:

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Washington and other brand - Analytical key
  • Black Oval
    • Black bkg= series 01
    • White bkg = series 02
  • Borton & Sons
    • Vertical, white bkg= series 03
    • Vertical coloured bkg = series 04
    • Horizontal blue bkg = series 05
  • Chelan Fresh = see Chelan
  • Crisp Choice = series 06
  • Hy-Land Kids = series 07
  • Inland fruits = series 08
  • Pacific Fruits Growers = series 09
  • Snokist = series 10
  • Taste Mark = series 11
  • Washington finest = series 12

For unusual colours name and shades see here
Series 01 - Black oval
Some info on this brand.

Material: 1, 2: thin plastic - Surface: 1, 2: shiny - Wrinkle: 1, 2: present - Dimensions: 1, 2: 14,0 x 20,0 mm- Colours: 1, 2: pink and black.
Apples Cultivars: 1: \ Cripps Pink #4128; 2: \ Cripps Pink 4128.
Series 02 - Black oval

Material: paper - Surface: mat - Wrinkle: absent - Dimensions: 14,0 x 20,5 mm - Colours: red, green and black.
Apples Cultivars: Cripps Pink 4128
Series 03 - Borton & Sons
Corporate website

Material: paper - Surface: mat - Wrinkle: absent - Dimensions: 16,0 x 21,0 mm - Colours: red and blue
Apples Cultivars: 1: Braeburn 4103, Fuji 4129; 2: Red Rome 4172
Series 04 - Borton & Sons
Corporate website

Material: paper - Surface: mat - Wrinkle: absent - Dimensions: 16,0 x 21,0 mm - Colours:1, 2: red and green; 3-5: red and blue.
Apples Cultivars: 1: Golden Delicious 4021 (Yellow apple and arrow), Granny Smith 4017 and 4139; 2: Granny Smith 4017; 3: Cameo (w/o plu), Gala 4133 and 4135; 4: Red Delicious 4015 and 4016 (blue and dark blue); 5: Red Delicious 4015.
Series 05 - Borton & Sons
Corporate website

Material: paper - Surface: mat - Wrinkle: absent - Dimensions: 20,5 x 16,0 mm - Colours: 1, 3: red and blue; 2: green and blue.
Apples Cultivars: 1: Braeburn 4103, Fuji 4129, Fuji 4131, Fuji 4131L, Gala 4135; 2: Granny Smith #4139, Jonagold 4145; 3: Fuji, Gala.
Series 06 - Crisp Choice

Material: thin plastic - Surface: shiny - Wrinkle: present - Dimensions: 20,5 x 14,0 mm- Colours: 1, 2: red, sandy brown and black.
Apples Cultivars: | 4016 Red Delicious.
Series 07 - Hi-Land Kids

Material: 1, 3: thin plastic; 2: paper - Surface: 1, 3: shiny; 2: half shiny - Wrinkle: 1, 3: present; 2: absent - Dimensions: 1: 14,0 x 19,5 mm; 2: 12,5 x 21,0 mm; 3: 18,5 x 14,0 mm - Colours: red, green and blue.
Labels #2 don't have brand name but they have same design. Apples Cultivars: 1: \ Golden Delicious #4020, / Red Delicious 4015 (red plu #), / Red Delicious 4016 (blue plu #); 2: Red Delicious 4015 (red plu #), Red Delicious 4016 (blue plu #); 3: no cv..
Series 08 - Inland Fruit
www.inlandfruit.com is no more working, some info here.

Material: paper - Surface: mat - Wrinkle: absent - Dimensions: 1: 14,0 x 20,5 mm; 2: 17,0 x 21,5 mm - Colours: polychrome. #3 differs from #4 by smaller fruits (expecially red central apple) and lighter colors.
Apples Cultivars: 1: Braeburn #4103, Gala #4133, Golden Delicious 4020, Pink Lady #4128, Fuji Organic #94131, Red Del. #94015; 2: Fuji #4131, Golden Del. #4020; 3: Braeburn4103, Gala 4135, Ginger Gold 4096, Jonathan 4149, Pink Lady 4128; 4: Gala 4135, Fuji 4131, Gala 4135, Golden Delicious 4020 and 4021, Granny Smith 4017 and 4139, Pink Lady 4128 and 4130, Red Delicious 4016, Gala Organic 94133, Granny Organic 94017.
Series 09 - Pacific Fruit Growers

Material: thin plastic - Surface: shiny - Wrinkle: present - Dimensions: 17,0 x 17,0 mm - Colours: red and blue.
Apples Cultivars: | Red Delicious.
Series 010 - Snokist

The company Snokist Growers ceased its fresh fruit operations in 2008.

Material: thin plastic - Surface: shiny - Wrinkle: present - Dimensions: 14,0 x 19,5 mm - Colours: red and blue.
Apples Cultivars: 1: \ Fuji #4131, / Gala #4135, \ Golden Delicious #4020; 2: \ Granny Smith 94017
Series 11 - TasteMark
TasteMark isn't a trade mark but a quality mark. More info on TasteMark tecnology.

Other labels in Usapears and in "Washington Barcode" pages.
Material: thin plastic - Surface: shiny - Wrinkle: present, all | - Dimensions: 1: 19,5 x 14,0 mm; 2, 3: 22,0 x 21,5 mm - Colours: blue, green and red.
Apples Cultivars: 1: #4133 Gala, #4135; 2: Fuji #4131, Gala #4133 and #4135, Red Delicious #4015 and #4016; 3: Jonagold 4147.
Series 12 - Washington finest

Material: paper - Surface: half shiny - Wrinkle: absent - Dimensions: 20,5 x 16,0 mm - Colours: red, black and blue.
Labels #2 don't have brand name but they have same design. Apples Cultivars: 1: 4017; 2: 4017; 3: 4020 Golden Del.