The company decided it was time to pull out of its 70-year-old packinghouse.
“It was not cost effective to try to keep going,” he said.
Bravante Citrus, Reedley, Calif., will start shipping its San Joaquin Valley lemons in December or January, said Mike Keeline, salesman.
Volume should be similar to last year and fruit size should be the same or larger, he said.
“So far, the crop quality on everything looks really good,” he said in late September.
Lemon volume from Seald Sweet West International Inc., Dinuba, Calif., should up 35% over last year, said Rick Eastes, vice president and general manager.
The company will start its San Joaquin Valley lemons in mid-November at the earliest and continue through February, then return to the coastal region through August.
“We don’t see any shortage or anything that’s unusual,” he said. “Everything looks about normal.”
The size ratios seem to be excellent, he said in late September — mostly 115s to 165s.