Oppenheimer expects to ship more Washington cherriesThe Oppenheimer Group expects a 25% volume boost in the second year of its Washington cherry deal.

The Dalles, Ore.-based Orchard View Farms expects a fast start when fruit begins shipping in late June, according to a news release from Vancouver, British Columbia-based Oppenheimer, the exclusive marketer of Orchard View fruit.

Because of its location along the Columbia Gorge, Orchard View’s cherries were not hit as hard as other Washington cherries by severe winter weather, but harvest will still be delayed.

The late start, however, shouldn’t stop Orchard View from producing an expected 25% more fruit than last year.

Over the winter, Orchard View added a new racking system enabling more packed fruit to be stored, and new filler which will help accommodate the additional capacity.

Oppenheimer inked a deal with Orchard View in 2010 to expand its cherry offerings beyond the Southern Hemisphere.