DUNDEE, Fla. — The sales arm of one of the Sunshine State’s largest citrus growers has relocated its offices.
Doug OhlemeierFlorida Classic Growers, the marketing division of the Dundee-based Dundee Citrus Growers Association, moved from its longtime offices at Dundee’s Lake Hamilton packinghouse to newer offices inside Dundee’s main packing operation in Dundee.Florida Classic Growers, the marketing division of the Dundee Citrus Growers Association, moved from its longtime offices at Dundee’s Lake Hamilton packinghouse to newer offices inside Dundee’s main packing operation in Dundee.
The move only changes Florida Classic’s physical sales location. The company, which only markets for Dundee’s growers, continues its operations as normal, said Al Finch, Florida Classic’s vice president of sales and marketing.
“This is a good move and represents lots of improvements for us,” Finch said. “Now, with Dundee all together under one roof, it should create more effective communication for all of us and further solidifies our involvement in Dundee’s packing.”
During the 2011-12 season, Dundee was the state’s top single packinghouse, packing 3 million cartons of oranges, tangerines and grapefruit, according to the Florida Citrus Administrative Committee, Lakeland.
Navels, valencias and other oranges represent 56% of Dundee’s volume with tangerines at 27% and grapefruit and tangelos accounting for the balance.
Founded in 1924, Dundee’s 223 growers harvest from 12,000 acres with only a small percentage of its fruit shipping fresh.