Apple King is a family owned fruit business which can trace its beginnings back to 1914 giving it over 100 years of expertise. We are a growing, packing and shipping company located in the Yakima Valley in Washington State.
Our mission is to meet consumer needs with safe, healthful apples while maximizing grower profitability and providing a safe and rewarding work environment for our employees. We will accomplish this mission with honesty and integrity and make use of innovative, safe and environmentally sustainable practices while retaining highly skilled employees.
Philipp Keller and his family emigrate from Germany to the United States. After going through Ellis Island they settle in Springfield, Minnesota.
In 1911 the family moved to the Yakima Valley and three years later Philipp rented a 10-acre fruit orchard in the Ahtanum Valley. Later that year he purchased his first orchard, a 5-acre fruit farm, in West Yakima. The following year an adjacent 5 acre block was purchased. In 1929 the family moved to a 13-acre fruit and dairy farm in Cowiche.
Philipp’s son Walt and his wife Eleanor began farming 20 acres in Tieton of which 15 acres were fruit. They farmed this land for many years and eventually added an additional 50 acres of fruit trees.
Walt and his brother purchased a packing and storage facility in Cowiche. The family name was given to this company thus beginning Keller Fruit and Cold Storage. During the 1960’s and 1970’s Walt’s sons Dick and Ray and son-in-law Mike joined him in the family business.
The business purchased a majority stake in Northwestern Fruit and Produce, a large packing and storage facility. All operations were consolidated at Northwestern Fruit in Gleed and one of the first electronic packing lines in the industry was installed in 1992.
In a nod to the past the company changed its name to Apple King. The Apple King brand was originally owned by Richey and Gilbert who was the first employer of Philipp back in 1911.
Over the last few decades the company has expanded its product base to include organic and stone fruits. The implementation of new innovations helps ensure that the end product is better than ever.