“We think we can add a tremendous amount of value to our customer base and also to our growers,” Colin said.
In 2009, the company plans to have growers in 14 states and in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama, Colin said. This year, Timco contracted with growers in 10 U.S. states and the five other countries.
The exclusive partnership with Origene is for Central America and North America and is not limited to watermelon varieties, although that is the initial focus, Colin said. In the future, he plans to expand the program to cantaloupe, honeydew and other melon varieties.
Timco Worldwide, a privately held company founded in 1985, sells conventionally grown and organic melons under the MelonUp and Sundia labels.
The company is scheduled to move from Woodland into a new 6,000-square-foot sales and administration office in nearby Davis in December.