As part of their One World of Citrus™ strategy, Limoneira has made significant investments to ensure that their customers receive a consistent supply of high-quality citrus year-round. This strategy is paying off as the California coastal lemon harvest begins to show signs of slowing, just as the South American crops begin to increase their harvest.
The transition to the Southern Hemisphere growing season is well underway, including Chile and Argentina where Limoneira has both their own production, as well as growing partners and associate producers. Having its own production and packing in these areas helps Limoneira maintain consistent volume and quality control.
Currently, volume is up from Chile with exceptional quality. While total production volume in Argentina is down in general for the industry, volume for Limoneira’s One World of Citrus™ is significantly up as young trees and associates’ plantings come to fruition.
“Having a more consistent, fresh supply throughout the summer has helped us build our programs through the Midwest and many other regions,” states, Brett Johnson, Western Sales Director.
Once lemons from the Southern Hemisphere reach the U.S., volume availability is handled throughout the country from Limoneira’s distribution centers in New Jersey, Florida, Texas, as well as all California. Limoneira specializes in “Just in Time” delivery and there are multi packaging opportunities from all of these shipping points.
A partnership with JB Hunt, among other trucking companies, provide regular transportation from the East to the Midwest and South, as well as from the West to other destinations throughout North America.
“Keeping our shipments fresh from California and transitioning to our new Chilean and Argentinian crops allows us to provide the best service and quality to our customers throughout the US and Canada,” says, John Caragliano, Eastern Sale Director.