Juliette King Rejoins King Orchards
CENTRAL LAKE, MI - Juliette King is returning to her roots. Previously with Nielsen Perishables Group, Juliette has joined the family business, Central Lake, Michigan-based King Orchards. Her first day was Monday, September 21st.
“I couldn't be more excited about being a part of King Orchards, not only because it is my family, but also because of the entrepreneurial spirit and many opportunities available to focus on my interests. I am grateful to be in an industry that is so rewarding,” Juliette tells me.
Common to small businesses, Juliette says that she will be wearing many hats, however, Juliette will mainly be doing project management, focusing on several different areas, like cherry juice concentrate production and business organization and management.
“We are a family-owned and operated business in Northern Michigan. We have been growing high quality fruit and produce along the shores of Lake Michigan since 1980,” Juliette says.
King Orchards has also been nominated for USA Today's 10 Best list for Best Apple Orchard and the voting is open for the next 4 days.
“We are the only orchard nominated from Michigan and are currently at #3, however, we are hoping to keep moving up!” she adds.
The company grows tart and sweet cherries, apples, stone fruit, raspberries, corn and a variety of vegetables. King Orchard also has two retail locations that offer U-pick and fresh baked goods from our bakery. The company also has an online business and market cherry juice concentrate around the world.
Juliette has a BS in Horticulture and a BS in Agribusiness Management from Michigan State University. After college, she worked for Strube Celery and Vegetable in Chicago for 2 years in vegetable wholesale sales and then Nielsen Perishables Group, also in Chicago, for four and a half years doing marketing analysis and consulting in the fresh food industry.
Congratulations, Juliette, on your move to King Orchards!