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Sunkist consolidates lemon-processing facilities

A shortage of lemons caused by the January freeze is one factor that Sunkist Growers is pointing to for its decision to consolidate its citrus juice and oil operations into an existing Central Valley plant.

The cooperative says the bulk of the lemon crop will be sold on the fresh market, leaving very little for processing into juice or lemon oil.

It says it plans to close a plant itís operated in Ontario since 1926 and shift operations to an existing facility in Tipton. The Tipton plant currently makes orange and tangerine juices.

The Ontario plant employs about 30 people. It was not announced how many, if any, would be offered jobs in Tipton. Depending on the season, the Tipton plant employs between 70 to 105.


Publication date: 9/25/2007


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