Oxnard, California-based Westfalia Fruit Group has announced the beginning of its Colombian Hass avocado season with supply available through late spring of 2023.
Westfalia has played a role in developing the Colombian avocado market since the company planted its first avocado orchards in 2015. This climate receives a large rainfall, so much so that irrigation or additional water intake outside of the regional precipitation is not required.
“The nurturing growing conditions, steep terrain and beautiful soils are what make growing in Colombia so unique,” said Duncan Smith, technical manager at Westfalia Fruit. “The naturally vigorous growth and good bearing ability of the trees is promoted by the excellent growing conditions and good rains each year.”
The Colombian operation includes packhouses and storage facilities which ensure consistent supply and product quality throughout the Colombian season from May through late spring of the following year. Westfalia has implemented environmental, food safety and quality systems to monitor, protect and preserve the supply chain and natural resources in Westfalia’s cultivation area, including soil, forests and water.
Established more than 70 years ago, Westfalia markets prime-quality, ready-to-eat avocados across the globe through its vertically integrated supply chain as well as its technical and commercial expertise. The company grows Hass avocados in the Sonsón region of Colombia using clonal rootstock technology. The climate of Colombia helps create consistency in size and optimal yield all season long.
“Colombia is an exciting cultivation region for Westfalia,” said David Fausset, business development director. “We have created a world class integrated supply chain, and we are thrilled to offer this quality fruit program as a commercial advantage to our customers.”
For more information, visit westfaliafruit.com.