WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Commission board elected Michael Roche as chairman and David Douglas as vice chairman March 23.

Outgoing Chairman Cass Gebbers was thanked for his leadership.

Roche is a fourth-generation owner of Roche Fruit based in Yakima.

Douglas is co-president of Douglas Fruit, a family-owned and operated company in Pasco.

In addition, several commissioners were re-elected for an additional 3-year term, including Frank Davis, Jim Thomas, David Douglas, Cass Gebbers, and Bob Mast.

The Washington Apple Commission is the international marketing arm of the state apple industry and conducts promotions in foreign markets to drive consumer demand for apples from Washington, which accounts for over 90 percent of apple exports from the United States.

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