( Courtesy Salix Fruits )

Distributor Salix Fruits ended 2019 with 30% growth over 2018, in part because of its imported Argentine lemon program in the U.S.

The global fruit distributor has partnerships with growers in South and Central America, Mexico, the U.S. and other countries. Domestic fruits include cherries, pears, apples, blueberries, plums and peaches.

The company is based in Atlanta, with other offices in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Growth was led by trade in the U.S., Latin America and Canada in the second half of the year, according to a news release.

Salix saw growth in its export of Washington apples and U.S. grapes.

“We export to the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia," Juana Elortondo, sales manager for Salix Fruits, which also has offices in Chicago and Philadelphia. "This channel represents 25% of our business."

In 2018, Salix fruit added CEO Alejandro Moralejo and Chief Financial Officer Daniel Calvo, which allowed the company to continue to strengthen its citrus program, according to the release.

"Salix was able to take advantage of new opportunities in the U.S. by nurturing its partnerships with Argentine lemon producers, such as Padilla Citrus," according to the release. "By complementing the Argentine volume with imports from Mexico, Turkey and Spain, Salix provides lemons to the U.S. market throughout the year."

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