Calavo Growers

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America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2009

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Headquarters Santa Paula, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1924
Type Company - Public (CVGW)
Industry Business Services
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

The avocado growers of Calavo Growers might not be a cooperative anymore, but they're still friendly folks. Calavo (a combination of "California" and "avocado") began as a growers' marketing cooperative founded in 1924 in order to transform the exotic hobby crop, avocados, into a culinary staple. And the avocado has become, if not a staple, a regular in US supermarket shopping carts. Calavo procures and processes avocados, papaya, pineapple, tomatoes, and other fresh fruits grown mainly in California, but the company also uses fruit from Chile, Peru, and Mexico. The... More

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