Stemilt Growers Inc. will market the majority of its Asian pears this season under its Artisan Organics banner.


About two-thirds of the Asian pears marketed by Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt are grown organically, and most of those will be packed in environmentally friendly Artisan boxes, according to a Stemilt news release.


The boxes hold either one or two layers of pears and are made with kraft paper, which uses 5% less wood fiber and 20% less water in production than boxes made with white paper.


“These cartons not only help differentiate this product as organic in retail displays but they also convey Stemilt’s ongoing commitment to the environment through our Responsible Choice program,” Roger Pepperl, Stemilt’s marketing director, said in the release.


Most of Stemilt’s organic Asian pears are grown by Oroville, Wash.-based Busy Bee Orchards. Harvest is set to begin about Sept. 1, and product should be on shelves through December, Pepperl said.


Busy Bee grows 58 acres of hosuis, shinko, kosui, 20th century and other Asian pear varieties.