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Growers Citrus Packing joins Sunkist

Growers Citrus Packing, a Terra Bella, CA-based grower-shipper of citrus, primarily Navel oranges, is joining Sunkist Growers Inc.

“We are pleased to be joining Sunkist, where we will benefit from their broad worldwide customer reach and marketing expertise," David Evans, chief executive officer of Growers Citrus Packing, said in a press release. "We look forward to a long and prosperous future together.”

Projected to pack 1.6 million cartons annually, Growers Citrus Packing will be part of the robust Sunkist packinghouse network.

“Quality is central to the 'Sunkist' brand, and delivering premium fruit to our customers requires working with first-class growers and shippers,” Sunkist President and CEO Russ Hanlin said in the release. “Growers Citrus shares our commitment to excellence and we are honored to have them joining us.”

Growers Citrus Packing will begin shipping fruit under the "Sunkist" brand beginning with the 2013-14 citrus season.

“We are pleased with the momentum we have had over the past few years,” said Kevin Fiori, vice president of sales and marketing for Sunkist Growers. “Our success is dependent on our ability to stay focused on meeting the requirements of our customer’s each and every day. A high-quality organization like Growers Citrus joining Sunkist strengthens our ability to do just that.”