(Aug. 15, 1:45 p.m.) Duda is restructuring its Florida sales offices.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the fresh division of Oviedo, Fla.-based A. Duda & Sons Inc., plans to close its Vero Beach, Fla., citrus sales office and transfer some workers to its Fresh Foods sales office in Wellington, Fla., west of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Duda, which has its Fresh Foods division retail operations in the Wellington office, is also moving its vegetable sales personnel from its Belle Glade, Fla. operation to the Wellington office.

Duda’s vegetable growing operations personnel remain at the Belle Glade center.

Susan Howard, corporate communications director, said the changes represent more of location move for the further consolidation of Duda’s fresh sales.

Howard said she wasn’t sure when the office relocations would occur, but said they are expected to be finished by early fall.

Because of lower Florida citrus volumes caused by citrus diseases and less acreage, Howard said Duda eliminated some citrus sales positions. However, she wasn’t able to say how many workers would not make the move to the new location.

Duda plans to continue its domestic and imported citrus sales, Howard said. Duda sells California citrus through its Visalia, Calif. office.

“We are still committed to the citrus industry in Florida and the vegetable industry as far as being a grower, supplier and marketer,” Howard said.

Duda has made organizational changes; in 2006 it combined its fresh operations into Duda Farm Fresh Foods and separated its processed businesses into another division. Howard said Duda officials believed it would be best to combine its fresh citrus and vegetable sales into one office, she said.

The changes follow Duda’s May closing of its LaBelle citrus packing plant.

For all of Duda’s operations, including sod, sugarcane and cattle, the privately owned and operated corporation had $588 million in fiscal 2007 sales, Howard said. Duda’s fiscal year ends Aug. 31.