Oppy Expands International Presence With Citrus from Down Under; Richard Byllaardt, David Stevens, and Rodrigo Lopez Discuss
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - New partnerships are always exciting to witness in our industry, and Oppy is the latest company to bring the happy news. Richard Byllaardt and David Stevens will be helping the company strengthen its international presence by forging relationships with Australian citrus growers as Oppy’s newly designated Field Agents for the land Down Under.
“We are pleased to be on the ground, helping Oppy establish new relationships,” Byllaardt said, who brings decades of industry experience to the table. Growing one of the largest and most successful citrus growers in Australia, his extensive travels throughout the Northern and Southern Hemisphere have enabled Byllaardt to establish a vast network across the globe.
Byllaardt also currently serves as Chair of Citrus Australia, Chair of Australia and New Zealand’s International Fresh Produce Association, and Board Director of the Global International Fresh Produce Association.
Joining Byllaardt is Stevens, a fourth-generation citrus grower, and widely regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced citrus agronomists. Stevens consults for a number of citrus growers across Australia and is also Chair of the Citrus Australia regional advisory committee, noted the release.
Rodrigo Lopez also sang praise for the company’s newest relationships, as Oppy continues to build out its citrus season in Australia.
“Richard’s and David’s invaluable experience and knowledge will greatly benefit our endeavors,” the company’s Category Director of Citrus and Avocados commented. “We are thrilled to have both of them supporting our goal to bring more high-quality Australian fresh produce to North America. We are excited about the future and the opportunities it holds for us and our new grower-partners. We have only scratched the surface of what Australian citrus can offer, and we have no doubt these two varieties will certainly exceed expectations.”
Oppy is proud to introduce its latest citrus varieties from Australia, including the seedless Daisy and Dekopon Mandarin.
“Both of these varieties offer an unparalleled eating experience and exceptional quality,” Lopez enthused. “As the Dekopon requires delicate handling, it is harvested with utmost care to ensure customers receive the highest quality. We anticipate its arrival to the North American market by early September.”
Both the Dekopon mandarin and seedless Daisy are available now in the Ocean Spray label in bulk and bags.
Check out the release here for more information.
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