Nogales, Ariz.-based Vandervoet & Associates Inc. expects to have a full season of valencia oranges from West Mexico for the first time over the coming season, said Scott Vandervoet, partner.
“We’re working with a citrus packing facility to market valencia oranges through Nogales into the U.S.,” he said.
“We started with a very small amount late last spring, toward the end of their season. We’re looking forward to more consistent offerings this winter and spring.”
Volumes will start at “a few loads a week” but could increase, Vandervoet said.
“We’ll see how that goes and ease our way in,” he said. “We hope it grows as years go by.”
The company is working with one packing shed that sources from multiple growers, Vandervoet said.
Vandervoet & Associates also is increasing its offerings in seedless watermelons for winter and spring, Vandervoet said.
“April-June is the focus of our shipping deal for melons and watermelons,” he said.
There’s “potential” for increased melon volume in the spring season, Vandervoet said.
“Sonora has been a provider of high-quality melons, and I think there’s potential for more seedless watermelon to be marketed in April into June,” he said.