The Giumarra Companies
LOS ANGELES – May 10, 2016 – Giumarra’s Wenatchee sales division is gearing up for its summer offering of New Zealand fruit, beginning with Nature’s Partner Meyer lemons available immediately via air shipment. The lemons will be closely followed by Diva™ brand apples at the beginning of June.
Updates to Giumarra’s New Zealand Meyer lemon program include more volume and earlier availability. Jason Bushong, Giumarra Wenatchee division manager, expects the crop to be 20 percent larger and two weeks earlier than last year due to favorable growing conditions.
“Recent cooler temperatures have brought on some nice color, so we can begin air shipments to the U.S. right away,” says Mr. Bushong. “First vessel fruit is expected the first week of July, with arrivals through the middle of September.”
Giumarra will also offer a larger roster of pack styles this year for the Meyer lemons.
“In addition to our 1 and 2-lb. handle bags, we are also offering a 4-lb. clamshell, as well as bulk shipments,” say Mr. Bushong. “Our variety of pack styles is designed to service a wide range of customers, including foodservice. Meyer lemons have become so popular with consumers that they now have mass appeal.”
Also popular with consumers is the Diva apple, a bright red, premium apple with high flavor and aroma.
The Diva apple is exclusively grown in New Zealand orchards specifically selected for high quality soil, ocean breezes, and plentiful summer sunshine hours. The combination of ideal climate and environment produces the sweet, dense flesh Diva is known for.
“We’re looking forward to our second year of offering the Diva to our customers on both coasts,” says Mr. Bushong. “We expect larger volumes this year due to the excellent growing season in New Zealand.”
About the Giumarra Companies
The Giumarra Companies is a leading international network of fresh produce growers, distributors, and marketers that encompasses a world of freshness. Since its inception in 1922, the Giumarra group of companies has taken pride in a longstanding commitment and tradition of quality, service, and industry leadership to feed the world in a healthy way.
The Nature's Partner brand represents the core of what we do: a partnership with our people, customers, growers, and the land and its fruits. Products packed under the Nature's Partner label represent some of the highest-quality fruits and vegetables in the marketplace, having met strict standards for food safety, quality control, and flavor. The Nature’s Partner Brand Promise:
“We are committed to the people we work with and those we serve. Very simply, we look to provide the best service and improve upon it every day.”