U.S.-based grape company Sun World International says it has moved its packing operations in-house where they will pack a significant portion of their California grown product.
In addition to Sun World’s facility location in Bakersfield, lines are installed in their partner facilities, La Jolla, Alta Vista, and Blanc to pack in-house throughout the season.
The company says it has taken a phased-in approach with installation, with four lines currently functioning and the final installment of three lines projected to be complete the last week of September.
“The investments being made by Sun World and our partners in this infrastructure are driving new innovation for our customers, the opportunity to differentiate themselves, and drive more margin and growth to the category,” vice president of domestic sales Jason Fuller said.
Sun World says more benefits of the new packing operations include improved quality control, more flexibility on pack styles, and ability to pack to order at scale.
The new packing operations will be led by director of in-house packing Cecilia Rivera and operations manager Ted Yukawa. Both have joined the Sun World team as of May 2018.