Calavo Growers is planning to increase its fresh avocado packing operations in Mexico, with the establishment of a new packing house.
The proposed packing facility in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco will be spread over an area of approximately 70,000ft², with room for future growth.
Expected to become operational by July this year, the facility is expected to increase Calavo's total annual fresh avocado packing capacity.
Calavo Growers chairman, president and CEO Lee E Cole said: "With domestic avocado consumption expected to exceed two billion pounds this year, the new packing operations in Guzmán are essential to remaining on the forward edge of industry growth and building upon our unrivalled market-leadership position.
"Beyond this steady rise in US avocado consumption, emerging international markets such as China, other parts of the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, point to the exceptional opportunity in being an early entrant in Ciudad Guzmán, just as Calavo was in Uruapan in the late 1990s."
The fresh avocados packed at the facility, in conjunction with Calavo's existing Mexican operations in Uruapan, Michoacán, will be exported to the US and other international destinations.
Image: The fresh avocados packed at the facility will be exported to the US and other international destinations. Photo: courtesy of phasinphoto via freedigitalphotos.