Grower- packers experience difficulty with labor availability

03/01/2013 04:23:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Plans already made

Rob Wedin, vice president of sales and fresh marketing for Santa Paula, Calif.-based Calavo Growers Inc., said most of the larger growers already have made harvest plans. In addition, the northern production areas tend to attract more workers because they also have lemons and strawberries to pick.

The tight labor supply may prevent volumes from increasing sharply within a brief period.

“In a lot of ways, that would be a positive impact, to keep inventories from getting out of control, Wedin said.

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