Friday 20th April 2012, 14:24 Hong Kong
Major US citrus players unite
A 'strategic alliance' in the US citrus industry is expected to benefit both growers and buyers
Californian agri-business Limoneira has announced an agreement with Associated Citrus Packers of Yuma, Arizona to pack and market its lemons.
Associated Citrus Packers has historically packed around 850,000 cartons of lemons grown on nearly 810 hectares, according to a media release from Limoneira.
“This strategic alliance will greatly enhance product and service for all of our customers,” said Alex Teague, Limoneira’s chief operating officer. “Given our history and core competences in growing, packing and sales, coupled with Associated’s history of the same, this is truly a one plus one equals three scenario. Teague said he believed customers and growers would benefit from the efficiencies and services generated through the tie up. “Associated Citrus has been in the citrus business for four generations. Their dedication to quality aligns perfectly with our high standards,” he added.
Associated Citrus Packers president Bill Spencer said Limoneira has developed a reputation in the marketplace for it customer focus. “Their food safety programs and dedication to sustainability are what customers are looking for,” said Spencer. “They’ve been growing and packing for close to 120 years. This arrangement will greatly improve the marketing potential for all of our fruit.”
Associated Citrus harvests and packs lemons, Rio Red grapefruit, Mineola tangelos, navel oranges, Blood oranges and Valencia oranges. The commercial citrus harvesting and packing season in Southwestern Arizona typically begins in late August and is completed during the spring of the following year.
Limoneira is a dedicated sustainability company with around 2,770 hectares of agricultural land, real estate properties, and water rights in California. The company is a leading producer of lemons, avocados, oranges, and other specialty crops.