Giumarra Companies' Gary Caloroso Details Avocado Packinghouse Capabilities
LOS ANGELES, CA - California avocados are on everyone’s shopping list as we make our way into summer. To keep up with demand, Giumarra Companies has a slew of strategies at the ready to ensure its retail partners are well-stocked for those promotional opps.
“To service our California avocado growers across the entire state, we have packinghouses in Escondido and Ventura,” Gary Caloroso, Regional Business Development Director, shared with me. “At our Escondido facility, we have modern ripening and bagging capabilities. We’re proud to operate these two California avocado packinghouses—one in the southern district and one that is more northern. We feel that it is important to be as close to our growers as possible to best serve their packing needs and maximize resources, including transportation.”
Giumarra Companies also offers custom pack styles to suit the needs of its grocery retail customers.
“Our conventional and organic avocado bags contain a variety of sizes, so they are a great solution for the different ways consumers want to use avocados at home,” Gary continued. “Bags continue to be very popular, and they should be a hit with shoppers buying avocados for summer events and holidays. We see that avocado demand continues to remain strong, peaking during key seasonal timeframes. Avocados are both a weekly staple for many families, but also make a great celebratory food for social gatherings.”
Gary noted that the California crop is looking excellent, with the volume projected to be 10 percent larger than last year’s.
“As a company, we continue to grow our overall volume of California avocados each year, both conventional and organic. As always, we will offer them to our customers all the way through the end of the California avocado season, including our late season avocados from the Northern region, which will be available into September,” he explained.
Be sure to reach out to Giumarra Companies for all your California avocado needs!