One of McDonald’s goals is to increase grower and handler membership.
He said the association represents about 65% of the deal’s acreage.
“If we can stand together, we can be one voice,” McDonald said.
“The association does tremendous behind-the-scenes work that most growers they represent don’t have any clue about. They find any kinds of regulations as well as water issues, changes in fumigants and are working hard, and we need them now more than ever.”
Mark McDonald and Ron Lovell are co-owners of the company along with Steve Howard, principal owner of Patterson Truck Brokers.
Shane McDonald, Mark McDonald’s son, handles accounting and sales while Jean Ann McDonald, Andy McDonald’s wife, does office work and food safety.
Jacob Lawton, son of Charles Lawton, former president and founder of Dixie Growers Inc., is also associated with Sweet Life’s operation.