California/Arizona Citrus business updates - The Packer

California/Arizona Citrus business updates

10/12/2012 03:01:00 PM
Tom Burfield

California Citrus Mutual also released a video called “Growing for Cleaner Air” in partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District describing the industry’s effort to improve air quality in California’s San Joaquin Valley at the grower and shipper levels.

Homegrown Organic boosts lemon program

Homegrown Organic Farms, Porterville, Calif., has acquired a number of ranches over the past year and has introduced a year-round organic lemon program, shipping from all three California districts, said Scott Mabs, sales and marketing director.

The company also has a relationship with a grower in Mexico and launched a year-round lime program from that country in early October.

The company, which also has a relationship with Suntreat Packing & Shipping Co., Lindsay, Calif., will ship organic Sumo Citrus mandarins later in the season and will start shipping Gold Nugget mandarins.

Also at Homegrown Organic Farms, Craig Morris, most recently with Pro Citrus Network, Visalia, Calif., and who spent 15 years at LoBue Bros. Inc., Lindsay, Calif., has been named citrus category manager.

Seth Tillery, who previously held that post, has moved into the grower relations and field operations for the company.

Limoneira now packing for Associated Citrus

Limoneira Co., Santa Paula, Calif., now is packing and selling fruit for Associated Citrus Packers, Yuma, Ariz., said Alex Teague, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Limoneira.

“It helps us complete our year-round supply,” he said.

Mark Spencer, secretary-treasurer and chief operating officer for Associated Citrus Packers, said it was no longer cost effective for that company to pack in its 70-year-old packinghouse.

Limoneira also has launched its Unleash the Power of Lemons consumer campaign, which uses a quick-response code to take consumers to a site that shows a variety of uses for lemons outside the kitchen.

LoBue Bros. undergoes packinghouse remodel

LoBue Bros. Inc., Lindsay, Calif., is undergoing a major packinghouse remodeling program, said Joe LoBue, vice president of export sales and marketing.

The firm’s Lindsay facility is being set up to pack all of the company’s navel and valencia oranges.

Its plant in Exeter, Calif., will become a specialty house packing blood oranges, cara caras, mandarins and probably lemons and grapefruit.

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