West Pak Avocado Inc., Murrieta, Calif., has made $400,000 worth of improvements to enhance food safety and increase packing efficiencies, said Dan Acevedo, director of business development.
A new quality assurance program comes with the new facility, and also a check station with a new avocado cleaning and drying system and a new bin-washing system.
The wash system uses ozone-infused, reverse-osmosis water to clean the exterior of the fruit “in a safe and natural way,” Acevedo said. A similar system has been added to wash the bins.
Improvements to the packing operation will enable West Pak to pack about 60,000 pounds of fruit per hour, he said.
Also, West Pak has raised more than $15,000 for typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines in partnership with BKP-California Inc. Carolina Leap, wife of West Pak salesman Kevin Leap, lost six family members in the typhoon that struck the island nation in November. She is the co-founder and president of BKP-California, a nonprofit relief organization and literacy advocate for the Philippines.