By Doug Ohlemeier, The Packer

Citrus Country Farms, Dade City, has stopped shipping citrus.

The company, which also distributed vegetables and melons, stopped shipments of commercial volumes in early July, according to a July 17 article in the Tampa Tribune.

In the article, James Guedry, Citrus Country Farms’ chief executive officer, said development crowded Pasco County’s citrus growing and packing operations. He was quoted as saying his packinghouse didn’t have enough locally grown citrus to justify its continued operation, and forced the company to send products to packers in other counties.

Guedry also said he couldn’t run the company any longer at a financial loss.

Guedry and Wayne Cofer, vice president, didn’t return telephone calls from The Packer.

Citrus Country Farms, which sold to retail chains including Publix Super Markets Inc., Lakeland, finished its packing for the season June 30. The company, owned by Guedry since the early 1990s, once employed thousands of workers, according to the article.

Citrus Country Farms plans to continue its retail and gift sales, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Citrus Country Farms moved from Wesley Chapel to Dade City in 2004.