Citrus Wax and Packinghouse Machinery

Our goal is to provide high-quality, fully traceable citrus wax and offer effective application machinery in order to protect your citrus products while also reducing your fruit wax costs.

Postharvest Experience

We were created for growers, by growers in 1907. Today, our experienced and capable team, industry-leading wax, and cutting-edge machine capabilities help make us innovators in agriculture. We understand that as a packing house, it's not only important you exceed food safety standards, but also that your fruit wax protects, preserves, and makes your fruit look its best. With our ample experience on citrus postharvest, let us help you determine the most appropriate equipment and sequence of postharvest treatments for lemons, oranges, and limes.

Quality is Our Top Priority

We produce the highest quality and most effective non-morpholine, carnauba based coatings in the industry. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to have established the best postharvest practices in compliance with US Food Safety Regulations.

 

We work with local, state, federal authorities, and pesticide manufacturers to assure all postharvest treatments are in compliance at all levels: Purchasing, transportation, storage, application and disposal. And we will work with you on establishing the best postharvest practices to assure compliance with US Food Safety Regulations.

Application Equipment

We design, develop, and maintain packing house machines. Our proprietary machines are designed for maximum efficiency and include:

  • Precision Pulse System
  • Quiet Drive Brush Bed Systems
  • Multi-Use Spraying Unit
  • High Pressure Washers

Multi-Use Spraying Unit

• Room sanitation
• Insect control
• Climate control
• Allows up to 4 fans with the option of a generator

Quiet Drive Brush Bed Systems

Conveying commodities across brushes in either fruit wax or washing applications.

• Offers variable speeds
• Increased on-stream time
• Reduced maintenance costs
• Noise reductions
• Can be made to fit any length or width

Precision Pulse Wax Application System

  • Efficiently apply fruit/vegetable coatings to multiple commodities
  • Provides uniform natural fruit wax applications
  • MRLs
  • Cleaning
  • Great for fruit packaging
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Self-maintained
  • Remotely controlled capabilities
  • Can be made to any length or width

Support, Maintenance and Repairs

Full-Service Support

    • Design and installation of application equipment
    • Addressing application issues
    • Compliance with export programs
    • Mixing and application of wax and chemicals
    • Monitoring, recording chemical application twice a day
    • Food safety compliance support
    • Decay control support
    • MRL’s postharvest testing support
    • Addressing Technical issues

       

      Maintenance & Repairs

      • Brush bed maintenance, repairs and overhauls
      • Pressure washer installation (M & R)
      • Pressure washer system diagnosis (M & R)
      • Multi-use spraying unit diagnosis (M & R)
      • Wax and chemical application diagnosis, M & R

Locally Manufactured and Fully Traceable

Our food-grade wax is manufactured locally, which guarantees freshness and consistency. We monitor multiple quality attributes on each batch, ensuring the highest quality standards in the marketplace. Our manufacturing and delivery processes provide complete traceability and total accountability.

We’re always growing, and we’ll always be able to find a place for your project when it comes to giving you quality fruit wax and other materials. We currently service over 38 packing houses in California. In total, we process more than 34 million shipped cartons a year.

The Postharvest Team

We are at the forefront of technology and efficient citrus handling practices thanks to our experienced team of service technicians, manufacturing personnel, laboratory technicians, and research and technical staff. We also regularly undergo internal research projects and collaborate with universities and state agencies to stay ahead of the curve. This is how we were able to develop the most innovative, efficient and environmentally friendly fruit coating applications and machinery around.

Worker Photograph Wearing Blue Uniform With Hat and Holding Three Limes

Tarcisio Ruiz

Technical Manager - Lemons

Tarcisio holds a Masters of Science in Plant Science degree, and a Bachelors in Science in Biology, and has 15 years’ experience working in research and postharvest.

Tarcisio has worked for institutions and companies such as University of California (Davis & Berkeley), Pace International, Wonderful Citrus, Syngenta, and now FGS. He has worked in the development of new types of natural fruit wax, improvement of decay control practices, and projects aiming to preserve fruit packaging and integrity after harvest. He has vast postharvest experience on citrus as well as stone fruit commodities, and has also trained in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).               

Worker Photograph Wearing Blue Uniform With Hat and Holding Three Limes

Chad Cox

Wax Technology Supervisor

Chad holds a Masters of Science degree in Plant Pathology and a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. He is trained in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). Chad has experience with multiple different auditing schemes, trace back programs, and internal auditing procedures. He provides support on Food Safety related issues to our customers.

Chad also supervises our manufacturing process and helps deliver more than 300,000 gallons for more than 30 packing houses. He collaborates on the development of new fruit wax coatings and optimization of current formulations. He is proficient with laboratory tools and procedures for chemical and biological analysis.

Worker Photograph Wearing Blue Uniform With Hat and Holding Three Limes

Richard Hirabayashi

Laboratory Analyst

Richard holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He has experience with Food Safety Compliance, microbial testing and sampling, and currently works with the Gas Chromatograph analyzing postharvest fungicide residues on fruit, collecting, and evaluating spore counts for fungicide resistance assessment.

The FGS Postharvest Laboratory

We understand that as a fruit packaging house, it's not only important you exceed food safety standards, but also that your natural fruit wax protects, preserves and makes your fruit beautiful. We also understand that long term contracts are a pain, which is why we don't lock you into them. We develop innovative technology that helps with pest control and sanitization, making your packing house more efficient than ever. Let Fruit Growers Supply’s Postharvest Technologies department provide you with the highest quality fruit wax, and the most innovative machinery in the industry.

To see what FGS packing services can do for you, email packing.services@fruitgrowers.com or call us at (559) 827-4529.

Contact Us

Our Address

674 E. Myer Ave.
Exeter CA 93221
(559) 827-4529

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