Mexico’s Sicar Farms is anticipating strong growth in its lime production in 2016. The company, which recently changed its name from Limex Sicar, said output is on course to rise by 48 per cent to 5.7m cartons. This comes on top of a 57.5 per cent increase in 2015.
“Sicar is one of largest vertically-integrated lime companies in the world with year-round supply,” said Luis Gudino, CEO. “Our structure has enabled us to grow from 499,000 cartons in 2011 to the 5.7m cartons we expect this year.”
Recent consolidation in the lime industry has led to speculation on the future evolution of various lime entities but the 35-year-old company continues to hold strongly to its independent status.
Dan Edmeier, vice president of sales, said the vertically integrated nature of the company served as a strong foundation for future growth and its ability to provide consistent sourcing, delivery and service for customers.
“We control 5,000 acres of limes and our goal for the next five years is to reach 10,000 acres of limes and 2,000 acres of lemons,” he said.
“We operate our own transportation fleet in Mexico and the US giving us full control over the movement of our products which in turn helps us better serve our customers.”
In addition to limes, Sicar produces fresh fruit and greenhouse tomatoes. It is headquartered in the state of Colima in Mexico and operates a marketing/distribution facility in Texas.