Mexican Avocado business updates

11/02/2012 03:05:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Calavo Growers Inc. completes expansion

Santa Paula, Calif.-based Calavo Growers Inc. has completed the expansion of a fresh avocado packing operation at its Uruapan, Michoacán, facility, said Rob Wedin, vice president of sales and fresh marketing.

The facility now has the capacity to pack at least 6 million pounds of fruit per week — a 200% increase over its prior output. The expansion increased the facility’s total square footage by nearly 75% and also includes larger, faster equipment for grading, sizing and packing. Larger coolers also were installed to keep pace with the added production.

“We basically tripled our cooler capacity,” Wedin said.

Del Rey Avocado plans new box for organics

For three years, Del Rey Avocado Co. Inc., Fallbrook, Calif., has had an organic avocado program out of Mexico.

This year, for the first time, the company will market Mexican organic avocados in a Del Rey Farms box instead of the generic box it has shipped in the past, said partner Bob Lucy.

The new box comes at a time when the company hopes to quadruple its organic output from Mexico. The company works with two organic grower-packers in Mexico.

James Paul joins Giumarra Agricom

James Paul, most recently with Altar Produce LLC, Calexico, Calif., has joined the sales staff at Escondido, Calif.-based Giumarra Agricom International LLC, a division of The Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, said Bruce Dowhan, general manager.

Paul is based in Stockton, Calif., and will sell avocados and asparagus for Giumarra.

The company ships avocados year-round, sourcing from California, Mexico, Chile and Peru. The firm will increase its volume out of Mexico this season, Dowhan said.

Gahl Crane selling for Green Earth Produce

Gahl Crane has been named director of avocado sales for Green Earth Produce, Vernon, Calif. Crane has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in the industry and most recently was with Borg Produce Sales Inc. in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles-area Green Earth Produce location opened in March.

Green Earth Produce in Gloucester City, N.J., has been in business about six years and has a product line that includes grapes, pears, apples, lemons and citrus.

Hass Avocado Board awaits study’s release

The first of seven clinical studies that the Irvine, Calif.-based Hass Avocado Board is sponsoring is on the verge of release, said Emiliano Escobedo, executive director.

The research, called the better burger study, was conducted by David Heber of UCLA.


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