Gourmet Fruit Retailer Harry & David Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Comice Pears

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Harry & David, America's largest marketer of fresh fruit gifts, celebrates its 75th anniversary this fall with the harvest of its signature comice pears, Royal Riviera® Pears.

Harry & David, America's largest marketer of fresh fruit gifts, celebrates its 75th anniversary this fall with the harvest of its signature comice pears, Royal Riviera® Pears.

Comice Pears require a special climate and soil that can only be found in a few places in the world. The original Harry and David took over their family's orchard in 1914, but it wasn't until 1934 that Harry & David began selling these gourmet fruits for the Holidays specifically. In November of 1934, Harry and David set out to offer their comice pears in Christmas gift baskets by mail, a radical notion at the time. Harry and David personally visited every VIP in San Francisco and New York, carrying with them their precious comice pears. At the end of their trip, they had taken over 400 orders for Christmas delivery.

Seventy-five years later, Harry & David harvests more than 14,500 tons of comice pears each year, and has expanded from its humble beginnings to provide a gourmet offering of confections, snacks, baked goods and fresh citrus fruits.

Harry & David assembles more than 1 million gift towers and 850,000 gift baskets per year. Last year, Harry & David shipped more than 6 million gifts containing fresh fruit gifts, gourmet food gifts and other signature treats.

Harry & David is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its Royal Riviera® Pears by offering free standard delivery on the juicy comice pears, and many other gourmet fruit gifts and gourmet food gift baskets.

All orders are backed by a 100% guarantee. If you, or those who receive your gifts, are not delighted, Harry & David will provide either an appropriate replacement or a full refund - whichever you prefer. Visit http://www.harryanddavid.com for more information.

Harry & David Holdings, Inc. is a leading multi-channel specialty retailer and producer of gourmet foods and confections, including branded premium gift baskets and fresh fruit gifts. Harry & David specialties include Royal Riviera® Pears, Gift Towers, Chocolate Gifts and Fruit of the Month Club® gifts. Harry & David fresh fruit and gift baskets make perfect business gifts and ideal presents for those you care about.

Harry & David, a DBA for Harry and David, is headquartered in Medford, OR. You can shop our products online at http://www.harryanddavid.com, or visit one of our 136 stores across the country.

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