Hugo Barajas (from left), director of citrus farming relations at Veg-Fresh Farms; Manuel Martinez, citrus grower and general manager at Redlands Foothill Groves; and Jacob Garcia, director of citrus at Veg-Fresh, pictured at the Redlands Foothill packing facility. ( Courtesy Veg-Fresh Farms )

Veg-Fresh Farms, Corona, Calif., has formed a partnership with citrus grower-packer Redlands Foothill Groves, giving Veg-Fresh customers access to year-round citrus.

The Redlands, Calif.-based citrus cooperative has more than 80 growers of navels, Valencias, grapefruits and lemons, which are packed in the last operating packinghouse in San Bernardino County, according to a news release.

Veg-Fresh Farms, which also markets for a group of growers, shares the same commitment to quality, integrity and customer experience, Veg-Fresh managing partner Dino Cancellieri Jr. said in the release.

“In addition, being located just 30 miles from our Corona facility, it provides our customers the logistic advantage that we have found so valuable being located in the Inland Empire,” he said in the release.

The partnership will expand retail and foodservice opportunities, Veg-Fresh Farms citrus director Jacob Garcia said, referring to the 96-year-old Redlands Foothill Groves as a “storied packinghouse” that has continued to invest in fruit-grading technologies to improve packing.

Veg-Fresh packs under the Veg-Fresh Farms, Crystal Cove Berry Farms and Good Life Organic labels.

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