About Stemilt

Stemilt is a family owned and operated tree fruit company in Wenatchee, WA that grows, packs, and ships apples, pears, cherries and stone fruits. Our company was founded by Thomas Mathison back in 1964 and is still owned and operated by 4th and 5th generations of the Mathison family today. Tom’s grandson, West Mathison, leads the company as President while his brother and fellow 5th generation family member, Tate Mathison, serves as Director of Sales.

Who We Are

We exist to cultivate people and delight consumers through excellence. The culture at Stemilt is curated through our company values of integrity, trust, innovation, humility, and stewardship.

Responsible Choice®

Responsible Choice® is Stemilt’s sustainability and social responsibility program that focuses on nurturing people and the planet. A few steps we’ve taken to support this mission is the Stemilt Organic Recycling Center and our EFI and Bee Friendly Farming certifications.


We come to work everyday to grow fruit that is World Famous and we couldn’t do it without our dedicated Stemilters. We employ 1,600 Stemilters year-round and have 4,000 people during cherry season. Growing World Famous Fruit is no easy feat, and we need all hands on deck to improve with each day.

What Does World Famous Fruit Mean?

A never-ending journey to delight consumers through freshness and flavor.

EFI Certification

The Equitable Food Initiative is a third-party certification that was designed for growers like Stemilt to increase transparency and assurance around farming working conditions. The EFI certification and its 300+ standards has aligned well with our company values and mission statement to cultivate people with proper training techniques and provide a safe, healthy working environment.

Food Safety

We firmly believe in the importance of food safety and its necessity regarding a safe, secure food supply. At Stemilt, we believe in fostering a food safety culture that creates an environment where employees feel able and empowered to voice their concerns. It is everyone’s job to help recognize and mitigate risk, and we are working hard every day to ensure our Stemilters feel aware, involved and empowered.


Stemilt’s main headquarters is called the Fresh Center and is located in Wenatchee, WA. We operate two packing facilities in Wenatchee, and a cherry packing facility in Stockton, CA. If you need to find a Stemilt shipping, receiving, or office location, you’ll want to click below. This gives you a list of Stemilt key locations with Google map directions to get you where you need to go at Stemilt.

EFI Giving Back

Stemilt has a long history of supporting the communities where we live, work, and play. We are proud to fund scholarships through the Washington Apple Education Foundation, sponsor sports leagues, help provide food security and meet basic needs, and support community events. If you are looking for us to sponsor or donate to your organization, please click below to learn more about the process.

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Meet West Mathison, Stemilt President

West has served as the president/CEO of Stemilt Growers since 2005. Like many children of farmers, he grew up working various jobs on the farm and many areas of Stemilt’s business.

Under West’s leadership, Stemilt’s cherry program evolved into the nation’s supply and availability leader. The company also leads with innovative new varieties, packaging and brands. Stemilt operates two fruit packing facilities in Washington State and one in Stockton, CA.

As President, West is focused on cultivating people and delighting consumers through excellence.