Texas Citrus business updates

11/13/2013 04:29:00 PM
Jim Offner

Courtesy Paramount CitrusParamount Citrus is rolling out new labels for its Texas product. This is Paramount’s first full year operating in Texas, where it has 10,000 acres.Edinburg Citrus Association adds acreage

The Edinburg, Texas-based Edinburg Citrus Association has expanded acreage by 35% , said Jeffrey Arnold, salesman.

The co-op also has “streamlined” its production area with the addition of automated packing machines, Arnold said.

“We have also planted numerous acres of citrus this year and are in the process of purchasing more, which will be in production in the next year or two,” he said.

 

Lone Star Citrus Growers expands plant

Mission, Texas-based Lone Star Citrus Growers has added to its facility, said Trent Bishop, vice president of sales.

“We have an entirely new production area, with a new bagging machine, and we put in two pattern-pack machines to keep up with our growing demand,” he said.

Pattern machines mimic the way a human worker would place product in a carton by hand, he said.

“The purpose of that whole new area is when we run up against running out of man hours to keep up with our production, this expands what we’re able to pack in a day,” he said.

The addition is about 3,000 square feet, Bishop said.

“It’s pretty compact and all pre-manufactured and engineered in California, and they put it together here,” he said.

Lone Star is a co-packer for Sunkist Growers Inc.

Bishop declined to divulge Lone Star’s packing capacity with the new equipment, but said the improvements should increase production 30%.

 

New Paramount Citrus label shows Texas pride

Delano, Calif.-based Paramount Citrus, whose new Texas operations are based in Mission, is introducing a Texas label this season, said David Krause, president.

That’s just one of numerous changes happening, he said.

“We’re working on a marketing program and will be doing some test-market activities at retail, and we’re doing a lot of capital improvements at our facilities, in terms of better fruit handling, more automation, additional cold storage for better shelf life and condition on arrival,” he said.

This is Paramount’s first full year operating in Texas, where it has 10,000 acres, compared to about 30,000 in California, Krause said.

“This is a year for us to pull it all together,” he said.

 

South Texas Organics builds product line

Mission-based South Texas Organics LC has expanded its product line inside and outside the citrus category, said Dennis Holbrook, president.


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