Del Rey invests in reverse osmosis water system


Fallbrook, Calif.-based Del Rey Avocado Inc. has found a reverse osmosis system is a partial solution to the state’s ongoing irrigation water problems.


Because of restrictions placed on pumping Northern California water south, Del Rey was forced to use well water on some of its acreage, said Bob Lucy, co-owner. The water’s high salt content threatened the health of the avocado groves, however.


“To eliminate the salinity, we installed a reverse osmosis system which cost $150,000,” Lucy said.




Fisher Capespan enters avocado category


FisherCapespan USA LLC, Gloucester, N.J., a division of Fisher Capespan Inc., St. Laurent, Quebec, has begun marketing avocados from California, Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Peru.


Gahl Crane, formerly with Prime Produce International LLC, Orange, Calif., is director of avocado sales. The company plans to provide year-round supplies of avocados, all of which will be processed through a cold storage facility in Santa Ana, Calif.




Index Fresh completes packinghouse upgrade


A $2.5 million construction project at Index Fresh Inc., Bloomington, Calif., will double the company’s 2010 avocado crop output.


The upgrades include sizers and bagging machines, said Giovanni Cavaletto, vice president of operations.


Index Fresh promoted Sarah Crum to the newly created position of director of operations. Her duties will include overseeing shipping, inventory, quality control, avocado ripening, food safety, employee safety and scheduling of special packs, Cavaletto said.


Crum joined Index Fresh in 2002 and was most recently operations coordinator.


The new national sales representative for Index Fresh is Ann O’Neill, who has more than 25 years of experience in the produce industry. She comes to Index Fresh from Eurofresh Farms Inc, Willcox, Ariz., where she was regional sales manager.


O’Neill will be based in Pennsylvania.




Mission Produce opens Canadian ripening center


Mission Produce Inc., Oxnard, Calif. opened the company’s eighth ripening facility in February. The new center is in Toronto and will serve all of eastern Canada, said William Tarleton, director of marketing communications.


The ripening center is the first in Canada, he said. The company’s other ripening centers are in New Jersey, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Seattle and at the company’s Oxnard headquarters.




West Pak names chief of business development


Dan Acevedo has joined West Pak Avocado Inc., Temecula, Calif.


Acevedo is the company’s director of business development, said Doug Meyer, vice president of sales and marketing.