New owner plans to continue many employee-support programs created by Broetje. Ralph and Cheryl Broetje Broetje Orchards, one of Washington’s largest family owned and operated apple companies, has been sold to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The transaction closed on Dec. 28 and involved Broetje Orchards, FirstFruits Marketing of Washington, and Snake River Housing Inc. As a result of the sale, the business will be operated by three new entities: FirstFruits Farms, FirstFruits Marketing, and FirstFruits Community. The company announced the sale in a news release. Ontario Teachers’, with headquarters in Toronto, Canada, has existing agriculture investments in the […]

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