With 1,870 acres of lemons throughout California, Limoneira is one of the largest lemon producers in North America. In its 119 years of operation, the Company has introduced a number of innovations that have added significantly to the industry such as improved storage methods and sophisticated harvest practices and equipment. In the 1940's, Limoneira developed the Limco 8A (bred in Limoneira's Olivelands 8-A orchard), a new lemon variety that proved more resistant to disease, yielded more fruit, was high in quality and maintained a strong shelf life. This variety remains one of the standard bearers for lemon production throughout the world.
Today, Limoneira maintains a demonstration orchard of over 300 citrus varieties on Limoneira Ranch property in Santa Paula to satisfy consumer tastes and to help keep the Company at the cutting edge of new citrus products. Research continues to be vital. We partner with the University of California's Agriculture and Natural Resources Program to further agriculture's forward momentum, and we work with leading partners in our Northern and Southern farming operations to grow, harvest and pack efficiently and sustainability.
Sometimes, the old ways are the best ways. Limoneira's Mediterranean style packing house built in the 1920's received recognition for its classic design from the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in the early twentieth century. After all these years, it still operates at peak performance.
With our vertical integration from tree to plate, we are able to achieve efficiencies through all parts of the distribution chain, resulting in the highest quality and service possible for our customers. Our global marketing connections and harvesting, packing and quality control capabilities ensure that the customer in Tokyo enjoying our lemons in a delicious fish recipe will be as happy as our North American customer enjoying a refreshing glass of lemonade made with quality Limoneira lemons.