1 December Calavo Growers, Inc. is Moving to Clay County December 1, 2015 By Brian Knight Expansions and Relocations, News calavo, new business 0 Calavo Growers has signed a lease for a 208,000 square foot distribution center in Green Cove Springs, FL, formerly Food Lion distribution. The new facility has a large refrigerated storage space with railroad tracks that run through the building. Calavo has committed to create 262 jobs within the first five years of tenancy which will significantly impact the local economy and surrounding region. Calavo Growers has signed a lease for a 208,000 square foot distribution center in Green Cove Springs, FL, formerly Food Lion distribution. The new facility has a large refrigerated storage space with railroad tracks that run through the building. Calavo has committed to create 262 jobs within the first five years of tenancy which will significantly impact the local economy and surrounding region. Bill Garrison, President of the Clay County Economic Development Corp, said, “This is a publicly traded company that does $783 million dollars of business, annually. They are a major company and having them come to Clay County changes our perception in the world of big business. They're expanding nationwide and they’re doing it from right here in Clay County.” Calavo Growers, Inc. was awarded a tax incentive that would offset the 7% property tax that is applied to commercial building leases by $10,000 each year by the Clay County Board of County Commissioners. Company Information Calavo Growers, Inc. is engaged in the procurement and marketing of avocados and other perishable foods as well as the preparation and distribution of processed avocado products. The firm delivers a wide array of fresh and processed food products to food distributors, produce wholesalers, supermarkets and restaurants internationally. It procures avocados primarily from California, Mexico and Chile, with additional imports from Peru, New Zealand and the Dominican Republic. The company operates in three business segments, fresh products, CalavoFoods and Renaissance Food Group, LLC (RFG). The fresh products business involves the distribution of fresh avocados as well as other produce, such as papayas, pineapples and tomatoes. The CalavoFoods processed products segment processes avocados into a wide variety of guacamole products, including frozen and cold pasteurized fresh guacamole as well as packaged pico de gallo recipes, salsas and avocado dips. Calavo’s brand names include Avo Fresco, Bueno, Calavo Gold, Salsa Lisa, El Dorado, Fresh Ripe, Select, Taste of Paradise, Tico, Mfresh and Triggered Avocados. Additionally, the firm offers the ProRipeVIP program, which uses sonic technology to test avocados so that they may be delivered at a customer’s specified state of ripeness. RFG is a fresh-food company that produces, markets and distributes nationally a portfolio of healthy, high quality products for consumers via retail. The company owns or leases operating facilities in California, Minnesota, Texas, Hawaii, New Jersey, Arizona and Mexico. Additional subsidiaries include Calavo de Mexico SA de CV; Calavo Inversiones (Chile) Limitada; Calavo Salsa Lisa, LLC; Hawaiian Sweet, Inc.; Hawaiian Pride, LLC; and Freshrealm, LLC. Welcome to Clay County, Florida Calavo Growers, Inc.! Read More... Clay Today: California company picks Clay Forbes: Calavo Growers on Forbes Lists #15 America's Best Small Companies andnowuknow.com: Calavo Growers Leases Former Food Lion Distribution Center in Florida Related Clay Branding Study - Proposed New County Logo and a New County Seal After a year of talk and expectation, county commissioners have given the order to finalize a new logo and branding scheme for the county they hope will spur intrigue, tourism and economic growth countywide. Here are the drafts of a proposed new county logo and a new county seal. Will Ketchum of Burdette-Ketchum, which created the brand, suggested the new county seal would also differentiate Clay County, Florida from the other 17 counties named Clay throughout the U.S. ST. VINCENT'S CLAY COUNTY EARNS NATIONAL CERTIFICATION St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for both knee and hip replacement. The designation is a symbol of quality recognizing an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Clay Commission Discussing Rebranding County Image The Clay County Commission this month is expected to consider recommendations to showcase the county’s natural, historic and recreational resources as well as its communities to best attract tourism, new businesses and residents. Clay County's Pitch in the Park Hopes to Give County's Entrepreneurs the Stage for Success Clay County entrepreneurs are looking to give local innovators a chance to be in the spotlight, with the county’s first innovation festival, Pitch in the Park. Eighteen entrepreneurs were selected to present their startup ideas at 10 a.m. on January 21st at Town Hall Park in Orange Park. Each person will have two minutes to present their ideas to a panel of three judges and the audience. Commercial Real Estate Brokers Win Award for Industrial Lease of the Year Which Facilitated the Expansion of Calavo Growers to Clay County. Calavo Growers in Green Cove Springs was the Industrial Lease of the Year for Nathan Rogers at CBRE and John Richardson and Bryan Bartlett at Newmark Grubb Phoenix Realty Group. Clay looks to build economy on growing health care industry The growing health care industry in Clay County is key to its future economic development although manufacturing and distribution also have major roles to play, say officials helping county leaders chart a course for attracting and retaining sustainable businesses offering residents solid, well-paying jobs. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.