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 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.”
2019-2020 AIGN management team and board of directors.
In keeping with the theme, the company introduced their new logo, which it says 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.