With new distribution facilities open in Texas, Kentucky and New Jersey, Giumarra now has 16 locations that handle avocados, many of which do bagging and ripening, said Bruce Dowhan, vice president of The Giumarra Cos. and general manager of Giumarra Agricom International LLC, Escondido, Calif.

In early March, the company had begun picking in a small way, he said, but many growers were waiting for fruit to size up and for markets to improve. Volume should gradually pick up, with the bulk of the firm’s avocados shipping in May, June and July.