Willamette Hazelnut Growers started in 1976 when three growers, John Newell, Dick Birkemeier and Ben Mitchell Jr., decided to leave a Dundee co-op and form their own processing facility. Their goal was to set the pace for the emerging hazelnut industry, and improve returns for themselves and their neighbors. Since then, the three families have expanded their farming operations and processing business.
Our "Growers First" logo is to show that we not only put our growers first, but we are growers first. We provide our growers 40 years of experience and expertise, and develop long-standing relationships.
As leaders in the Oregon Hazelnut industry, Willamette Hazelnut Growers stand as members on the Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association and promote Oregon varieties.
As the industry continues to expand, so does Willamette. Our mission is to leave our customers with a lasting impression and provide quality products.
At Willamette, we are growers supplying the world with Oregon's best hazelnuts.