Yaquina Bay Fruit Processing, located immediately south and slightly west of the NOAA MOC-P Headquarters, has approached the Port of Newport with a request to adjust their lease boundaries to accommodate growth in their company. Port of Newport officials say they are studying the matter and hope to work out a deal with Yaquina Bay Fruit to give them the room to grow in a way that will be profitable for the company. Yaquina Bay Fruit set up shop on port property 7 years ago, which leaves another three years on their lease. With a renewed lease and a more workable industrial footprint, the company says it wants to use its prowess in being a leading producer of maraschino cherries to produce the next level of cherrie candies. Port officials say the company could add a substantial number of workers if the plan comes together as envisioned. Port officials say the extra space may come from manipulating what’s left of Mount NOAA just to the west of the company.
Yaquina Bay Fruit specializes in making Maraschino Cherries, which are run through an involved process that gives them their distinctive look, taste and texture.