Fresh Fruit Packers Announce Partnership

Ernie NeffFresh, Industry News Release

Florida Classic Growers (FCG) announced a partnership with Riverfront Packing Company, LLC; The Packers of Indian River, Inc. and Quality Fruit Packers, Inc. The additional citrus volume from the partnering companies will expand product offerings and increase distribution to FCG’s customers marketed under the Florida Classic label.

Riverfront and its marketing arm, Scott Marketing, Inc., will continue handling all sales in the international market through Dan Richey, president and CEO of Riverfront.

Florida Classic Growers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dundee Citrus Growers Association (CGA) and is the marketing arm for the association. Dundee CGA was founded in 1924 and provides fresh fruit to retail, wholesale and food-service companies throughout the United States and Canada. The company’s citrus offerings include oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, kumquats and pummelos. FCG will continue to expand its Florida blueberry, peach and import citrus programs. 

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“The additional volume will allow us to offer more robust programs and enhance our vision of being a one-stop shop for our customers,” said Al Finch, president of FCG.

Richey explained how the new partnership will benefit all parties involved. “Several years ago the Riverfront, Packers and Quality teams recognized that the pace of change in the citrus industry would be best met through collaboration and joining of teams with a similar vision, ethics and optimistic energy,” he said. “We have joined forces and worked together to reach mutually beneficial results. The new relationship with Dundee/Florida Classic is another example of this.”

Steven B. Callaham, CEO of Dundee Citrus Growers Association, added, “Riverfront, Packers and Quality’s commitment to current and future large-scale plantings, combined with Dundee CGA’s aggressive citrus-under-protective-screen (CUPS) expansion plan, will provide FCG with a sustainable, high-quality fruit supply for years to come.” Learn more about Dundee CGA and its CUPS operation.

Source: Florida Classic Growers

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