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WSU offers exclusive license to new raspberry, Cascade Premier

Raspberries growing on canes.
Early fruiting with good yield and flavor, firm fruit, good root rot tolerance, and machine harvestable, WSU’s newest raspberry cultivar is named Cascade Premier.

Washington State University seeks business partners to apply for an exclusive license to commercially propagate its new red raspberry cultivar, Cascade Premier, in worldwide territories excluding North America.

Bright, flavorful, and bred for easy automated harvest, Cascade Premier was first crossed in 2007 from two WSU experimental varieties, and released to growers in 2018. The new variety has continually shown promise in its bounty, disease resistance and growing qualities. Its first full harvest is expected in summer 2021.

Proposals are due by July 1, 2020. The successful applicant will have strong resources, a well-thought-out business plan, and clear proposals to protect breeders’ rights.

Learn more about the license opportunity at WSU’s commercialization website.