California/Arizona citrus business updates - The Packer

California/Arizona citrus business updates

10/24/2013 03:32:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Courtesy Limoneira Co.Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira Co. has acquired Yuma, Ariz.-based Associated Citrus Packers Inc. and now is shipping lemons from Arizona, says Alex Teague, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Limoneira Co.Booth Ranches is now GlobalG.A.P. certified

Booth Ranches LLC, Orange Cove, Calif., has added Matt Cheney to its sales staff, said Neil Galone, vice president of sales and marketing. Cheney is a recent graduate of California State University, Fresno.

The company has been GlobalG.A.P. certified by GlobalG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance. The certification covers all of the firm’s farms and packing facilities.

Cecilia Packing Corp. awaits certification

Cecelia Packing Corp., Orange Cove, Calif., has been tweaking its operation as it nears its GlobalG.A.P. certification, expected in December, said sales manager Randy Jacobsen.

The audit process is comprehensive, he said. Auditors go from ranch to ranch to ensure that the operation meets GlobalG.A.P. standards.

Also, the company expects its cara cara orange crop to be up slightly compared with last year, with a start date around Dec. 1.

The firm’s Sky Valley heirloom navel orange program should start about Jan. 1, and minneolas should be available by early February, Jacobsen said.

Chuck Olsen Co. hires citrus salesman

Pat Simas, most recently with Haven Packing & Cold Storage, Reedley, Calif., has joined the sales staff of Visalia, Calif.-based Chuck Olsen Co., said president Jeff Olsen. Simas will help with citrus sales during the winter and grape sales during table grape season.

The company began offering lemons from the California desert Oct. 7 and will source from the Central Valley the second week of November, Olsen said.

The firm will have navel oranges starting the first week of November.

Eco-Farm Corp. adds golden nuggets

Eco-Farm Corp., Temecula, Calif., is growing organic golden nugget tangerines in north San Diego County for the first time this year, said Steve Taft, president.

The program will start out small but may get bigger if it proves popular at retail, Taft said. About half of the fruit will be grown in the San Joaquin Valley.

Homegrown Organic Farms rolls out bags

Homegrown Organic Farms, Strathmore, Calif., is releasing a pouch bag this year for mandarins and some cara cara navel oranges, said Scott Mabs, chief executive officer.

The company also plans to move to a newly renovated building in Porterville, Calif., in late November. Homegrown’s farming, sales and marketing departments will be based there.

The company also has installed a citrus line at its new packing and cold storage facility in Kingsburg, Calif. The facility will run stone fruit during the summer and some citrus in the winter.

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