helping you exceed food safety standards

(559) 827-4529
packing.services@fruitgrowers.com

Our goal is to provide the highest quality wax and the most effective machinery in order to protect your product while also reducing your wax costs.

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 wax protects, preserves, and makes your fruit look its best. We also know long term contracts are a pain - which is why chose not to lock our customers into them.

We’re always growing! We currently service 38 packing houses in California. In total we process more than 33-million shipped cartons a year.

OUR PATENTED MACHINERY

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

Precision Pulse Wax Application System

Efficiently apply fruit/vegetable coatings to multiple commodities

• Provides uniform wax applications
• MRLs
• Cleaning
• Environmentally friendly
• Self-maintained
• Remotely controlled capabilities
• Can be made to any length or width

Quiet Drive Brush Bed Systems

Conveying commodities across brushes in either 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

 

Multi-Use Spraying Unit

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





FULL SERVICE SUPPORT

 

  • Design and Installation of application equipment
  • Addressing application issues
  • Compliance with export programs
  • Mixing and application of Wax & Chemicals
  • Monitoring, recording chemical application twice a day
  • Food Safety Compliance support
  • Decay control support
  • MRL’s postharvest testing support
  • Addressing technical issues

 

MEET OUR POSTHARVEST TEAM

Our team includes service technicians, manufacturing personnel, laboratory personnel, and research and technical staff. 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.

Jose Torres

Jose Torres

Technical Manager - Oranges

Jose has 23 years of industry experience in citrus including work for Sunkist and FGS. Jose is currently managing a team of experienced service technicians that are dedicated to chemical citrus applications, and mechanical maintenance. Jose is an expert in system design and installation of chemical and wax application equipment. Jose is responsible for designing our patented, industry-leading, highly effective wax application system. This self- maintained, remotely accessible system provides a uniform, efficient, and precise wax application unlike any other.

Jose Torres

Marissa McSperitt

Technical Manager - Oranges

Marissa holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Fresno State with a minor in Plant Science and she is PCA/QAL licensed. Marissa has over 10 years’ experience in the citrus industry. She has experience with post harvest in regards to citrus, stone fruit, tomatoes, peppers and pomegranates. She posses a strong knowledge about harvest and field operations, operations management and production and food safety consulting (pre/postharvest).

Jose Torres

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 waxes, improvement of decay control practices, and projects aiming to preserve fruit integrity after harvest. He has vast postharvest experience on citrus, and stone fruit commodities, he is also trained in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).              

Jose Torres

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. Collaborate on development of new fruit coatings and optimization of current formulations. He is proficient with laboratory tools and procedures for chemical and biological analysis.

Jose Torres

Edward A. Sandoval

Technical Service Representative

Edward earned a B.S. in Animal Science, Production Management from California State University of Fresno. He is HACCP Certified with a solid  laboratory training, chemistry, and microbiology background. Edward undergoes an intensive citrus postharvest training program under the supervision of our most experienced team members. He also has assisting experience on research trials.

Jose Torres

Richard Hirabayashi

Laboratory Analyst

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

MACHINE MAINTENANCE AND 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

QUALITY WAX and INNOVATIVE MACHINERY

We understand that as a packing house, it's not only important you exceed food safety standards, but also that your 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 also develop innovative machinery for packing houses that help with pest control and sanitizing, making your packinghouse more efficient than ever. Let Fruit Growers Supply’s Postharvest Technologies department provide the highest quality wax, and the most innovative machinery in the industry.

OUR LABORATORY

  • MRL’s testing on citrus fruits and advising
  • Food safety microbiological test support
  • ATP, TPC

LOCALLY MANUFACTURED AND FULL 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 market place. Our manufacturing and delivery processes provide complete trace-ability.

We’re always growing! We currently service over 38 packing houses in California. In total we process more than 34-million shipped cartons a year.

Contact Us

Our address

674 E. Myer Ave.Exeter CA 93221