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Harry & David

September 18, 2013 09:00 ET

Harry & David Breezes in to Autumn

The Iconic Retailer Introduces Harvest and Halloween-Themed Food Gifts

MEDFORD, OR--(Marketwired - Sep 18, 2013) - Harry & David, America's iconic gourmet gifting curator, is excited to introduce a wide array of delicious autumn-inspired items. With the summer heat on the way out and the leaves beginning to fall, Harry & David has crafted gourmet products that pay homage to the flavors and ingredients that are so specially cherished during the autumn months. Additionally, we begin to gear up for the busiest time of the year -- fall harvest leads into the holiday months, which is when Harry & David does more than 70% of its business.

At Harry & David, fall season is home to two of our favorite food-oriented holidays -- Halloween and Thanksgiving -- but that's not to say fall goodies can't be enjoyed without a festive celebration. We're excited to introduce some of our new gourmet Halloween and harvest food gifts, which include:

My Halloween Cookies - For a personal touch, try these eight Halloween-shaped vanilla shortbread cookies decorated with icing. One cookie says "Happy Halloween" and allows for a nine-character personalization. Additionally, one cookie is shaped like a black cat, and there are two each of yellow skulls, purple owls and pumpkins, all packed into an owl gift box. Available online for $34.95.

Crooked House Gift Tower - A deliciously spooky edible gift tower packed with treats from the Harry & David candy kitchen and shaped like a crooked haunted house. Certain to make a great addition to the Halloween décor of your annual party. Includes milk chocolate Moose Munch® Popcorn, gummi pumpkins, Halloween pretzels, candy corn taffy, a pumpkin-decorated cookie, an owl-decorated cookie, and ghost-shaped peanut butter-filled cookies. Available online for $39.95.

Harvest Gift Basket - A cornucopia of items with something for everyone in the family. Includes Royal Riviera® Pears, premium apples, creamy pumpkin bisque mix, rosemary Parmesan crackers, apple loaf cake, mulling spice, spiced pear chutney and harvest truffles with pumpkin, apple and pear flavors. All tied together in a wicker gift basket with a rust-colored ribbon almost as pretty as the trees in the fall. Available online for $69.95.

Pumpkin Dream Cake - A pumpkin cake with pecan pieces, handmade and frosted with an irresistible maple cream cheese icing that makes a magnificent finishing touch to any Thanksgiving dinner. Available online for $44.95.

Harry & David is also eager to bring our valued customers gift baskets that provide a taste of home-cooked comfort and warmth to alleviate that crisp autumn chill. For those looking for a comforting pick-me-up, we suggest:

Soup Gift Basket - Ideal for a cozy evening curled up by the fire. Includes chicken noodle soup mix, hearty potato corn chowder mix and two durable stoneware bowls -- a welcome addition to any cupboard. Available online for $39.95.

Coffee Gift Basket - Comes complete with Moose Munch® Coffee, a stoneware mug, hazelnut chocolate chip cookie brittle, chocolate covered espresso beans and coffee chocolate bark, sure to satisfy and warm the hearts of those with a soft spot for java. Available online for $49.95.

It wouldn't truly be fall without the stars of the fall harvest, Harry & David's Royal Riviera® Pears, with excellent growing conditions this year resulting in larger crops. The Royal Riviera® Pears, which thrive in the unique climate and soils found in only a few places in the world, are handpicked carefully from the branch, chilled to preserve sweetness and then delivered to homes across the country in our gourmet fruit gift baskets and gift boxes.

Farming and stewardship of the land is at the heart of Harry & David's business. Harry & David's own crop of Royal Riviera® Pears is sustainably grown and comes from more than 700,000 trees, which are grown locally in the Rogue Valley in Oregon. At the peak of harvest, the pears are picked by approximately 320 professional harvesters and delivered to cooling facilities each day to ensure they are ripened to perfection.

"This autumn, our merchandising team has really focused on crafting and curating gifts that highlight the classic, harvest-inspired fall flavors we are all familiar with and love," said Jackie Ardrey, Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Harry & David. "Pumpkin, apple and cinnamon are autumnal flavor staples that we feel are a perfect fit for our product portfolio in 2013 and complement our famous Royal Riviera® Pears as well. We encourage everyone to share the gift of happiness with the special ones in their life with one of Harry & David's seasonal food gifts or gourmet offerings."

Harry & David is America's largest multi-channel marketer of gourmet premium fruit gifts, fine chocolates, baked goods and confections and carries many home décor accessories as well. For the latest deals and specials from Harry & David, join our Facebook fan page, Facebook.com/HarryandDavid, or visit www.harryanddavid.com.

About Harry & David
Nearly 80 years ago, Harry and David Holmes turned their extraordinary pears into the perfect gourmet gift. You can still send our Royal Riviera® Pears as well as many other high quality fresh fruits, handpicked to our exacting standards in our 19 local orchards and in many other orchards around the world. We make it easy to send gourmet gift baskets and edible fruits in addition to our many flavors of Moose Munch® Popcorn, chocolate dipped pears, truffles and much more, most of which are made in our own kitchens from recipes honed over time. We hand-pack our gift baskets and exclusively designed gift boxes and top them off with a hand-tied bow. Then we ship our specialty food gifts to arrive on time, in perfect condition. Guaranteed. Through our stores, wholesale, catalogs and websites, gourmet food and home gifts from Harry & David, and its brands Cushman's and Wolferman's are designed for festive occasions, entertaining and enjoyment throughout the year. Harry & David is a trademark, service mark and DBA of Harry and David, LLC. HarryandDavid.com