Chuck Olsen Co. introducing new pack styles at the PMA foodservice show
by Christina DiMartino | July 27, 2010
Jeff Olsen, vice president of The Chuck Olsen Co. Inc., headquartered in
Visalia, CA, said that the company will be introducing a few new pack styles
for its citrus and grape lines at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice
Conference & Exposition, scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 1 in Monterey, CA.
The company will be exhibiting at expo booth No. 6.
"We will also be promoting our consolidation services at the exposition," Mr.
Olsen told The Produce News. “We do a lot of consolidating in the Salinas
Valley. We also have a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, and we operate seasonally
from both areas. Our consolidation services enable us to bring fruits and
vegetables together to provide a one-stop, one-dock service to our
The company is a fourth-generation grower, packer and shipper. It was
founded in 1910 in the San Joaquin Valley. It handles a full line of citrus,
including Navel oranges, lemons, Valencia oranges, clementines, grapefruit
and limes on a year-round basis. It also handles melons, a year-round supply
of table grapes, a full line of tree fruits and a wide variety of fresh vegetables.
“Our citrus line is produced primarily in California, which enjoys year-round
production,” said Mr. Olsen. “But we also bring some lemons in from Chile in
the summer months. California Navel oranges run from November to the end
of June. Valencia oranges start in May and run through about the end of
The foodservice sector represents about 40 percent of the company's
business. It distributes across the United States, into Canada and Mexico, and
it exports to offshore countries in Asia.
For retail customers, the Chuck Olsen Co. uses “Stagecoach,” “Wagon Train”
and “Tulare Chief” labels.