Fall avocados business updates

08/15/2013 10:33:00 AM
Jim Offner

Each of Henry Avocado’s ripening rooms has a capacity of 10-12 pallets, Henry said.

Index Fresh relocates HQ to Riverside, Calif.

Index Fresh Inc. has moved its corporate administrative and sales offices and headquarters from Bloomington, Calif., to Riverside, Calif., although its packing operation remains in Bloomington, said Dana Thomas, president.

The company moved into a 6,000-square-foot office building in downtown Riverside May 2013, he said.

“That allows us to have more room at our packinghouse,” he said.

The move also allowed for expanded production space in the packinghouse, he said.

Index Fresh also hired Tim Threadgill to its sales staff. Threadgill first joined the company as an intern while he was finishing an agriculture business management degree at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

“Over the last nine months or so, he’s worked himself into the sales position,” Thomas said.

Index Fresh also has hired Luis Avila as production director. Avila came to the company with production experience at Ready Pac Foods in Irwindale, Calif., and the former Wild Rocket Food in Riverside.

Avila most recently had worked at New York-based Sugar Foods Corp., Thomas said.

Avocado specialist joins Interfresh Inc.

Fullerton, Calif.-based Interfresh Inc. has hired Ken Vida as a salesman for its avocado program, said Chris Puentes, president.

Vida, came to Interfresh July 18 from Goroda Imports, a Mexican avocado importer, Fuentes said.

“He’s got extensive experience in avocado sales,” Puentes said,

Vida also had worked with Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and has about 11 years in the produce industry, he said.

Vida filled a position created to handle an increase in avocado sales, Puentes said.

“We do have a couple of guys focused on avocados, but the amount of fruit coming just boggles the mind,” Puentes said.

M&M Tropicals’ boxes now interlock

Miami-based M&M Tropicals has gone to an interlocking box design, said Manny Hevia, president.

“We have gone to a different model box that interlocks and is stronger than our previous design,” he said.

If the design works as planned, it will allow for stacking “at least two more layers,” Hevia said.

M&M also has added to its conveyor line, “which has made our overall packing flow much, much more efficient,” Hevia said.



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