Hailing from Fruitland, Idaho, the Henggeler brothers began their apple operation in 1943, relying on wooden baskets and rail cars to transport fruit to auctions in the Midwest.
Today, third-generation orchardist Kelly Henggeler operates Henggeler Packing Company along with his two cousins. The family-owned operation has graduated to recyclable cardboard boxes and refrigerated containers to ship apples around the world, across the country, and to local grocers and schools.
“We are proud to support our local schools’ fruit and vegetable snack program,” Kelly says. “By providing apples to schools, students have access to a healthy, delicious snack from a local source.”
Committed to consumer outreach and education, Kelly has sat on the Idaho Preferred Advisory Committee since its inception, and takes pride in working with the annual school fundraisers. “We provide apples for the program at a discount so children can raise money,” he says. “As a result, kids are exposed to a multitude of Idaho-grown products, and we cultivate lifelong apple consumers.”
For Henggeler Packing Company, it’s not just about caring for the land to produce a quality product. It’s about nurturing relationships with the next generation of consumers, and fostering an understanding of how food arrives on their plates each day.
For more information, visit IdahoPreferred.com.