Eastern Apples business updates - The Packer

Eastern Apples business updates

08/24/2012 03:26:00 PM
Jim Offner

The family-owned company now has a fourth generation involved in Rice Fruit and an offshoot, R&L Orchards, Rice said.

R&L supplies about 20% of the fruit Rice Fruit Co. ships, with the rest coming from about 40 other family farms in the area, Rice said.

Rice Fruit also is building, Rice said.

“Our biggest change is we’re spending another $1 million to put in another packing line to replace a line that was about 12 years old,” he said.

Sun Orchard Fruit Co. builds packing plant

Burt, N.Y.-based Sun Orchard Fruit Co. is finishing a 24,000-square-foot packing plant, said Tim Mansfield, sales and marketing director.

“As we grow, we have the capacity to double what we’re packing now,” he said, estimating current capacity at around 700,000 bushels.

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