California/Arizona Citrus business updates - The Packer

California/Arizona Citrus business updates

10/12/2012 03:01:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Aweta Americas moves to Fresno

After 26 years in Reedley, Calif., Aweta Americas, formerly Aweta Autoline, has moved to a facility in Fresno, Calif., said Kelvin Farris, sales manager.

The company needed additional space, since it must assemble increasingly larger packing line equipment, which it tests and breaks down before installing in growers’ packing sheds, Farris said.

The facility is 250 feet long, an increase of 100 feet from its former location. An adjacent lot also is available for expansion.

The company has a new phone number, 559-244-8340.

Aweta Americas, which sells sorting and packing equipment for citrus, stone fruit, tomatoes and other products, will have booth 852 at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim Oct. 26-28.

Farris said five more packinghouses have installed its new Inscan device, which can be installed on existing sorting lines to measure interior fruit qualities such as brix level and moisture content.

Booth Ranches adds w. murcotts, lemons

In response to customer requests, Orange Cove, Calif.-based Booth Ranches has expanded its product offerings outside of navel and valencia oranges and is offering a limited amount of w. murcotts and lemons, said Neil Galone, vice president of sales and marketing.

“We’re still limited by the fact that the only fruit we pack and ship is fruit that we grow ourselves,” he said.

“We want to maintain that strategy where we are the grower — where the customers talk direct to the growers.”

The company expects to have w. murcotts for 10 weeks, from late January through the end of March, and lemons for a couple of weeks, mostly in January.

The Chuck Olsen Co. sells for DiMare/Indio

The Chuck Olsen Co., Visalia, Calif., is now exclusive sales agent for DiMare/Indio, Indio, Calif., said Jeff Olsen, vice president of The Chuck Olsen Co.

The program will include up to 700,000 cartons of lemons, now being shipped; up to 80,000 cartons of minneolas, to start in November through mid-January; some murcotts and 100,000 cartons of grapefruit, shipping through May or June.

Citrus Mutual program touts sustainability

Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual has launched a communications program to promote the industry’s effort to improve environmental quality and implement sustainable growing practices, said Alyssa Houtby, director of public affairs.

The program includes a booklet recently published by California Citrus Mutual entitled “California Citrus: Producing a Legacy” that describes how citrus growers support the environment and the economies of several communities, she said.

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