Agribusiness

Who We Are

We are an agribusiness and real estate development company founded and based in Santa Paula, California, committed to responsibly using and managing our 14,500 acres of land, water resources and other assets to maximize long-term stockholder value. We are one of California’s oldest citrus growers, one of the largest growers of lemons in the United States, and are the largest grower of avocados in the United States. In addition to growing lemons and avocados, we grow oranges and a variety of other specialty citrus and other crops.

We have agricultural plantings on properties located in Ventura, Tulare, San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo Counties in California and in Yuma, Arizona and La Serena, Chile. The plantings consist of approximately 5,000 acres of lemons, 900 acres of avocados, 1,600 acres of oranges, 1,000 acres of specialty citrus, and 6,000 acres of other crops. We also operate our own packinghouse in Santa Paula, California, where we process and pack lemons that we grow as well as lemons grown by others.

– Vertical Integration –

Growing

Limoneira prides itself on growing sustainably and has been doing this for over a century. Sustainability exists and is enhanced by actively building diversity into our organization’s fabric. We maintain diversity with respect to locations of our operations, crops at those locations and business endeavors. This diversity creates great economic resiliency and sound sustainable practices.

Geographically, we operate out of two different locations in the United States. Our Northern Operation is based in Porterville, California in the San Joaquin Valley and our Limoneira Headquarters is in Santa Paula, California. Additionally, we maintain collaborative relationships with our global partners. This geographic diversity ensures that if any region is impacted by adverse weather conditions, we are able to maintain a constant source of supply for our customers.

Limoneira has established a variety of protocols for sustainable growing relating to site selection, species and variety, soil and organic recycling, water efficiency and integrated pest management.

Harvest

Harvest is the culmination of an entire year of work in the orchard and the condition in which the fruit arrives at the packing line is a critical part of this process. Limoneira harvests in a manner that is safe for the employee and also limits fruit damage. We coordinate scheduling and information from our harvesting crews and packinghouse daily to enhance our arrival quality.

According to Global GAP and GFS procedures, all of our picking crews are trained in proper harvesting procedures to avoid cuts and bruises to the fruit.

Fruit quality and worker safety are the cornerstone of Limoneira harvest. From sanitized clippers, ladders and bins to timely and shaded break areas for the pickers, Limoneira harvest is the gold standard for fresh fruit handling.

Packing

The Limoneira Packinghouse, across from both Limoneira and Calavo’s corporate headquarters dates back to 1919. It was designed and built by architects Allison and Allison, who chose a Mediterranean style to complement the area’s climate. The packinghouse’s graceful arches are one of the distinctive design elements that enabled the firm to win an award from the Southern California chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Catwalks above long conveyors, whirring sorters, carton fillers, and cleansing baths offer a fantastic view of a surprisingly intricate process that is bound to surprise and delight visitors. Sophisticated optical scanners review each piece of fruit at 3,800 bits of information per piece of fruit, 9 pieces of fruit per second.

Every year, Limoneira Company packs millions of cartons of lemons that fill trucks and containers which take them on the first leg of a journey where they ultimately end up on tables worldwide.

Plantings

Ranch Name County / State Total Acres Lemons Avocados Oranges Specialty Crops Other
Limoneira/Olivelands Ventura, CA 1,700 700 500 - - 500
Orchard Farm Ventura, CA 1,100 500 - - - 600
Teague McKevett Ventura, CA 500 - 100 - - 400
La Campana Ventura, CA 300 100 200 - - -
Rancho La Cuesta Ventura, CA 200 100 - - - 100
Limco Del Mar Ventura, CA 200 100 100 - - -
Porterville Ranches Tulare, CA 1,200 400 - 400 200 200
Ducor Ranches Tulare, CA 1,000 300 - 400 300 -
Windfall Farms San Luis Obispo, CA 700 - - - 300 400
Sheldon Ranches Tulare, CA 1,000 200 - 600 100 100
Lemons 400 Tulare, CA 800 400 - - - 400
Cadiz San Bernardino, CA 800 600 - - - 200
Associated Citrus Packers Yuma, AZ 1,300 1,200 - - - 100
Fruticola Pan de Azucar & Agricola San Pablo La Serena, Chile 3,500 300 - 200 - 3,000
Other agribusiness land Various counties, CA 200 100 - - 100 -
Total 14,500 5,000 900 1,600 1,000 6,000
Percentage of Total 100% 34% 6% 11% 7% 42%

– Quality You Can Trust –

Our rich history provides us with the knowledge to apply modern technology practices to produce premium lemons. To ensure that Limoneira fruit meets proper quality controls, the Company’s packinghouse randomly tests a percentage of the fruit that is proven to be an accurate representation of the entire harvest. The fruit passes several inspections.

The multiple tests that are carried out certify that the fruit is of the highest quality. Furthermore, we have an internal trace-back-system, allowing fast and responsible corrective measures if necessary. A combination of sophisticated computer grading and manual visual inspections, ensure the highest quality lemons are delivered to our customers.

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