Fall avocados business updates

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


New Limeco bumps up acreage

Princeton, Fla.-based avocado grower-shipper New Limeco LLC added 40 acres this year, said Eddie Caram, general manager.

The company, which ships about 400,000 cases of avocados per year, now owns or manages about 600 acres, Caram said.

“We’re the only packers here who are Primus (Labs)-certified from picking to table,” Caram said.


Oppenheimer partner opens packing plant

Mevi Avocados new packinghouseCourtesy Oppenheimer GroupOppenheimer Group avocado category managers Jeff Walker (left) and Mike Kostick attend the grand opening of Mevi Avocados new packinghouse in Jalisco, Mexico. The Oppenheimer Group markets the company’s fruit, which is not yet allowed in the U.S. The facility officially opened July 13, and its 35-container-a-week packing capacity is expected to expand when Mevi finishes construction of a second packing line in several months, according to a news release. Pharr, Texas-based-based Mevi Avocados Inc., which has avocado production areas in Michoacán, Mexico, and is a partner of the Vancouver, British Columbia-based The Oppenheimer Group, opened a new packing facility in mid-July in Jalisco, Mexico, said Karin Gardner, Oppy’s marketing communications manager.

 

West Pak moves into new facility

West Pak Inc. opened a 115,000-square-foot packinghouse in Murrieta, Calif., and moved its headquarters there at the beginning of 2013, said Dan Acevedo, business development director.

The company had been packing and operating its base in Temecula, Calif., about 5 miles away.


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