“He’s plugged in on everything that’s going on,” Erickson said.
The organic category is seeing some gains, however modest, in the region, said Ray Prewett, president of the Mission-based Texas Citrus Mutual.
“It’s not dramatic but, certainly, we do have some very successful organic growers, and we’re seeing a little bit more acreage all the time,” Prewett said.
Some grower-shippers say they have dabbled in organics but bowed out; some say their content to leave the category to others in the region.
“Organics is not our play,” said David Krause, chief executive officer of Delano, Calif.-based Paramount Citrus, which bases its Texas operations at the former Rio Queen facility in Mission.
“We know what we’re good at and organics are not something that we’re really adept to or feel as though we need for our product offerings,” Krause said.