(Aug. 7, 1:55 p.m.) Lindsay, Calif.-based Cal Citrus Packing Co. Inc. has been added to the membership ranks of Sunkist Growers Inc., Sherman Oaks, Calif.

“We have an excellent product, and Sunkist has an excellent marketing network and a brand name that is known around the world,” Jerry Luallen, president of Cal Citrus, said in a news release. “Sunkist has been streamlining operations, reducing costs and greatly expanding the opportunities it offers to growers and shippers. We’ve watched the changes and seen the results, and we’re excited about joining Sunkist and enjoying the benefits of membership.”

Founded 50 years ago by H.A. Luallen, Cal Citrus Packing has grown to more than 2,000 acres of navels, valencias and lemons, according to the Sunkist release.

Over the years, Cal Citrus had packed under several labels, including Portokali, Seabiscuit, Sugar Test, Jungle Cat, Golden Boy and My Goodness. Those labels will continue and the Sunkist label will be added, according to the release.

The Lindsay company’s volumes for the coming citrus season are expected to be 1.1 million cartons of navels, 40,000 cartons of lemons and 125,000 cartons of valencias.

Sunkist has been seeking new San Joaquin Valley grower-shippers since Paramount Citrus Association, Delano, Calif., left the cooperative in 2006 and formed its own marketing department. Paramount’s annual volume has been reported to be more than 10 million cartons of citrus varieties.