California/Arizona citrus business updates

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

The firm also plans to add pummelos to its citrus product line this season.

Limoneira acquires Associated Citrus

Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira Co. has acquired Yuma, Ariz.-based Associated Citrus Packers Inc., said Alex Teague, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Limoneira Co.

The acquisition fits into Limoneira’s program to serve the marketplace year-round.

“We now have control over fruit from one year to the next and can make long term commitments,” Teague said.

Associated’s citrus also fits into Limoneira’s export market niche, he said. Associated’s management is expected to remain intact.

Bill Spencer, president and chief operating officer of Associated Citrus Packers, retired July 31 after more than three decades with the family-owned company.

LoBue Bros. Inc. hires vice president

Norm Gatineau, most recently with Bee Sweet Citrus, Fowler, Calif., has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Lindsay, Calif.-based LoBue Bros. Inc.

Gatineau said the company expects to have a slight increase in navel orange volume this year along with more clementines and murcotts.

LoBue Bros. also is adding lemons out of the district 3 desert growing region and satsuma mandarins to its product line.

Mulholland Citrus adds sales and marketing VP

Mulholland Citrus, Orange Cove, Calif., has hired Archie Williams, previously with Pasadena, Calif.-based Sun Pacific Shippers, as vice president of marketing and sales, said Heather Mulholland, chief financial officer.

The company also has added Jennifer Estrada as horticulturist/pest control adviser and Aaron Gomez as sales coordinator.

The company, which grows clementines and other mandarins, expects volume to be similar to or slightly higher than last year, said Fred Berry, director of marketing.

Pacific Organic Produce adds lemons, grapefruit

Volume should be up about 15% this season on organic lemons and grapefruit from Pacific Organic Produce, San Francisco, said John Stair, domestic commodity manager.

Stair attributed the uptick to the addition of two growers.

The company started packing organic grapefruit the week of Oct. 14 and expects to continue until April.

The firm started harvesting lemons out of the California desert growing region in late September and will continue to pick in the desert through February.



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