Cal Harvest has been importing fruit and vegetables into the
United States since its inception in 1988. They began importing
product from New Zealand. With the increased competion from
Chilean product and the change of New Zealand's marketing
efforts, they began importing from Chile.
Since 1993, Cal Harvest has been specializing in imported
fruit from Chile. Chile is in the southern hemisphere, so their
growing season is the opposite of our California season. Chile's
kiwifruit is packed in March and April of each year and marketed
through September. Chile's grapes and stonefruit start in late
November and run through the end of April. This complements Cal
Harvest's California fruit and gives them a year-round supply.
The Chilean fruit is available in similar pack-styles to Cal
Harvest's California products.
The fruit from Chile is shipped primarily on break-bulk and
containerized ships. Cal Harvest's destinations include both the
East and West coasts of the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and
the South Pacific. The transit time to the U.S. from Chile is
approximately 10 to 14 days. The transit time to the Pacific Rim
ranges from 26 to 35 days.
Cal Harvest employs a complete quality control staff to ensure
that its imported products meet the same high standards as their
Cal Harvest works directly with the growers from Chile. They
believe this direct connection to their suppliers is very
important for transferring information between the grower and the
market place. This also allows Cal Harvest to react quickly to
differing market situations throughout the world or to changes
that a specific segment of the market needs. This direct
connection ensures that Cal Harvest's customers get what they
want, when they want it!
Cal Harvest is always willing to listen to the specific needs of our trading partners. If you have any questions or need specific information please call us. For North American arrivals or for arrivals into the Pacific Rim contact John Fagundes.
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