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Raleigh, NC-based L&M Cos. Inc. announced the second week in January a new exclusive marketing agreement with Washington state grower and packer Conrad & Adams. The agreement begins immediately and covers apples, pears, peaches and nectarines as well as the addition of a sizeable cherry program.

This will be the third new packer L&M has added to its expanding operation over the past two years.

"The addition of Conrad & Adams is perfectly aligned with our strategy of building the tree fruit business with the right partners here in Washington," General Manager Richard Gonzales said in a press release. “Dick Conrad and Don Adams are people with great integrity who understand the need to get the customer the right product as well as the need to re-invest in their business, adding the latest technology and the right varieties that our customers want." He added, "The team down at Conrad & Adams have a tremendous amount of experience and know how to get things done the right way."

Keith Horder, director of business development, said in the release that he feels that "this is a critical move for both companies in positioning themselves for the future." He also said that "the product mix of apples, pears, summer stone fruit and a sizeable, well-run cherry program will benefit all our shippers and customers in a very positive way."

L&M is also the exclusive marketer for Apple King LLC, Andrus &Roberts Produce Co. and Strand Apples Inc.