Fillmore-Piru Citrus adds avocado line, plans to pack for 2 companies
Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association has added an avocado packing line to its citrus packing facility in Piru, Calif.
At a May 30 ceremony celebrating the new equipment, Matthew Freeman, chairman of the associationâs board said the avocado line is the culmination of a vision that started several years ago. The company originally planned to pack and market avocados.
âAfter conferring with experts regarding the California avocado industry, it was determined that marketing avocados would be better left to existing estab lished marketers,â Freeman said, according to a news release.
Del Rey Avocado, Fallbrook, Calif., and Westfalia Fruit Americas, Ventura, Calif., needed extra packing capacity, Freeman said, and they plan to pack at the Fillmore-Piru line.
The avocado line addition is the first step in moving the Filmore-Piru Citrus Associationâs lemon packing line and modernizing its citrus line, association president and general manager Brett Kirkpatrick said in the release.
âFillmore-Piru Citrus Association can trace their roots in the community back more than 100 years,â Kirkpatrick said in the release. âI am honored to be fortunate enough to be part of the management team as we position the company for the next 100 years.âRelated Topics: