Background

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History

A strong heritage

Founded in 1982 as a grower and shipper of California avocados, West Pak began operations from a small packing house in Fallbrook – the heart of the state’s avocado growing region. Our disciplined approach to delivering quality produce and our ability to forge strong partnerships with regional growers earned us a solid reputation in the industry. In 1992, we opened a new, state-of-the-art, 40,000 square foot packing facility in Temecula, California to service an expanding customer base throughout North America and Asia. In 1996, we formed our Mexican subsidiary – Grupo West Pak de Mexico – and opened an advanced 90,000 square foot packing facility in Uruapan, Michoacán. Today, West Pak is proud to be a major force in the avocado industry. Our extensive relationships with domestic and international growers – combined with our mastery of transportation logistics, ripening technology and marketing expertise – translate into year-round availability of quality produce. And our status as a financially strong, privately-owned company allows us to continue our sole focus on serving our customers.

Quality production and grading

West Pak’s commitment to delivering superior produce begins at the orchard. Our unique approach involves maintaining an active role in the growing process at home and abroad. We currently own or lease avocado orchards in all three major growing areas in the Western hemisphere: the U.S.; Mexico; and Chile.

World-class packing

Our extensive experience in meeting the varied needs of grocery chains, wholesale clubs and food service companies is unparalleled. Whether destined for domestic or foreign markets, our shipments are carefully controlled throughout their journey to ensure maximum freshness at the point of delivery.

A technology-driven company

We’re strong believers in the power of information to increase retailer profits and customer satisfaction. West Pak has made significant investments in new technology throughout our operations to further strengthen our ability to meet customer commitments. Additionally, our innovative web portal at www.westpakavocado.com offers a wealth of information, including product availability, industry trend data, and online accounting functions.

Committed to safety

As a leader in our industry, and we take our responsibility for food safety seriously. West Pak’s commitment to consistently observing best food safety practices extends to all levels of our organization, from in-house inspections to employee training to customer education. West Pak’s safety program is further enhanced through regular audits conducted by Primus Laboratories – a respected, third-party consultant. We’re also proud to be certified food safe and a USDA Organic facility. West Pak’s safety regimen includes maintaining real-time data on all product shipments. Our state-of-the-art, computerized Trace Recall System provides instant tracking of every shipment from grove to customer, ensuring our ability to remove produce from the distribution chain at any point, should the need arise.

Solid industry leadership

West Pak is recognized as a leading force in the promotion of ethical trading practices. We are an active member of our industry’s major trade groups, including The California Avocado Commission, the Hass Avocado Board, California Certified Organic Farmers, the Chilean Avocado Importers Association, the Mexican Hass Avocados Importers Association, and other respected organizations. We’re also proud to have received accolades from industry peers, including the coveted Four X Trading Member designation from Produce Report Company’s Blue Book and Vance Publishing’s Red Book Business Character Award status.

Building relationships and profits

We’ve built our business upon a quarter century of dedicated experience in meeting the needs of our diverse customer base. Our business is – and always will be – built on successful relationships. And every day, more retailers and food service companies are choosing West Pak Avocado as their source for the world’s best fruit. We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate how a partnership with West Pak can help your company grow its profits.

Industry leadership and recognition

As a leading force in the avocado industry, West Pak Avocado takes an active role in helping to ensure the vitality of the produce business. We are proud to belong to several prestigious trade organizations, including:

  • Avocado Producers and Exporters Association of Michoacán
  • California Avocado Commission
  • California Avocado Society
  • California Farm Bureau
  • Chilean Avocado Importers Associations
  • Fresh Produce and Floral Council
  • Hass Avocado Board
  • Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association
  • Produce Merchandiser Association
  • Western Growers
  • Southeast Produce Council
  • United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association

Our commitment to quality encompasses not only the produce we sell, but also to the way in which we conduct business. West Pak’s devotion to upholding the highest ethical trading practices has been validated by numerous independent authorities and esteemed awards:

  • A Business Character Award from Vance Publishing’s Red Book Credit Services
  • 4X Trading Member status from The Produce Reporter Company’s Blue Book
  • Food safety certification, excellent rating, from PrimusLabs.com (United States and Mexico)
  • USDA certification as an organic facility (United States)
  • SAGARPA certification as an organic facility (Mexico)
  • California Certified Organic Farmers certification