Cecelia Packing Corp., a California citrus-grower-shipper, is about to put a friendly face on its mandarin packaging.
The new feature is Dimples, a character targeted at young shoppers.
âOur goal is to get kids to eat more fruit and introducing Dimples is a delicious and fun way to accomplish that,â said Randy Jacobson, sales manager.
Young shoppers will be able to follow Dimples and her adventures on Facebook and Twitter, he said.
Shipping of the Dimples-decorated mandarin packages is scheduled to begin in mid-March, Jacobson said. The mandarin marketing program at Orange Cove-based Cecelia Packing is three years old, which he said is just a start.
âItâs really in its infancy for us,â Jacobson said. âWe have quite a few of them planted and over the next five years the programâs volume will increase significantly.â
Cecelia Packing has begun sharing the Dimples packaging concept with retailers.
âWeâve had a very strong response from our retail customers and even from our wholesale customers,â Jacobson said.
The company grows several mandarin varieties and is currently packing gold nuggets.
âOf course, Iâm a little prejudiced, but itâs the best tasting mandarin weâve come across,â Jacobson said.
Cecelia Packing also markets navels, minneolas and valencias under the Ceceliaâs Pride label and cara caras under the Ceceliaâs Cara Caras brand. Navels from one of Californiaâs oldest citrus groves are packed under the Sky Valley Heirloom label.
Keith Wilson joined the company in early February to help market all of its citrus varieties. He was vice president of sales and marketing for Sunny Cove Citrus, Orange Cove, until the company was acquired by another Orange Cove-based citrus grower-shipper, Booth Ranches LLC. More recently, Wilson was with Flavor Tree Fruit Co. LLC, Hanford, Calif.