AIGN® holds 31st Annual Meeting in the Pacific Northwest

Yakima, WA  The Associated International Group of Nurseries, known throughout the Tree Fruit Industry as AIGN® gathered in Washington State, USA during the last week of May for their annual general meeting.  The group was formed 31 years ago and is the oldest group of its kind. Eighteen members and directors from around the world attended the week-long conference hosted by AIGN® President, Lynnell Brandt and the North American member, Brandt’s Fruit Trees of Yakima, WA. 

The meetings commenced with the election of officers and the management team and then moved through an ambitious agenda which revolved around the central theme, Creating What Matters.  “The importance of staying relevant in today’s fruit industry is vital as the company enters its third decade of existence”, said Mr. Brandt.  “The founding members of AIGN® had the foresight in the 1980’s to recognize how significant proprietary varieties and brands would become in the fruit industry.  We are now developing strategies for where we want to take the company, and the best way to promote the relationships we have developed over the course of 30 years.”

In keeping with the theme, the company introduced their new logo, which is the basis for a refreshed look and feel for the AIGN® website, currently undergoing renovation for a planned launch later this month.  The members also received updates on joint ventures and breeding programs that are currently under agreement as well as discussing the many new opportunities that are available to pursue.   In addition to the meetings, the members enjoyed tours arranged by the host company that included a visit to the Northwest Clean Plant Center operated by Washington State University, and Washington Fruit and Produce’s production facilities. For many, a highlight of the trip was a visit to the Boeing Factory in Everett, WA. 

About AIGN® The Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN®) has been the International leader in the development and introduction of new rootstocks and varieties of deciduous trees for more than 30 years. Originally formed by a group of progressive nurserymen as a means for sharing information between different growing areas, today the AIGN® network reaches throughout the primary fruit growing regions of the world.  The men and women of AIGN® specialize in global management of intellectual property, utilizing their relationships with the leading plant breeders to secure propagation rights for new varieties, extensively testing and evaluating promising new products  and developing coordinated marketing plans for tree sales and commercial fruit product launches, with the goal of maximizing the return to the owner and stakeholders. 

For Media Inquiries:
Lynnell Brandt, President AIGN
1330 North 16th Avenue Suite A
Yakima, WA  98902

Phone:  509-248-4315