Calavo Growers, a global avocado-industry provider of value-added fresh food, announced official certification and opening of its Jalisco packing facility for the American market.
“Today, we are proud to announce that we have expanded our partnership with our Mexican growers from Michoacan to Jalisco,” said Dionisio Ortiz, VP Calavo de Mexico. “This will elevate our sourcing capabilities to an even higher level to provide U.S. tables with the best quality avocados on the market while also providing opportunities to supply the international community.”
The demand for avocados is growing year-over-year not only in the U.S. but also internationally. Calavo has been supplying customers with this fruit for nearly 100 years. What started as a collaboration of California growers in 1924 has developed into an industry leading program supplying American families with avocados from Mexico.
“Calavo’s facility in Ciudad Guzman is certified for exports to the United States, and with access to the largest GLOBALG.A.P. Certified acreage in Jalisco, we are well positioned to offer availability of avocados throughout the year with particular emphasis on holiday programs both in the U.S. and internationally,” said Danny Dumas, Calavo’s SVP and general manager of its grown division, which includes all aspects of avocado sales and sourcing.
Calavo’s operation in the state of Jalisco, Avocados de Jalisco, will be led by Eloy Reyna, VP. “At Calavo, we pride ourselves on our deep grower relationships, our care for our family of employees and our stewardship of our communities and the environment,” Reyna said. “This has been our philosophy in Mexico for the past 25 years, and we have modeled our operation in Guzman the exact same way,” added Reyna, who welcomed members of the Calavo team and other partners at Calavo’s packing facility.
Calavo Growers is a leader in quality produce, including avocados, tomatoes and papayas, and a pioneer of fruit, vegetables and prepared foods. Products are sold under the Calavo brand name, proprietary sub-brands, private label and store brands.