The Ledesma company hopes to export lemons to the United States in 2019. To achieve this, the company will install a packing plant (Citrusalta) in Colonia Santa Rosa, in the province of Salta.
The company has been producing lemons for more than 20 years and has recently started a new harvest cycle in the Yungas region. The company's fruits, juices, and essential oils production generates almost 2,500 jobs in the provinces of Jujuy and Salta.
Within the fruit and juice business, Ledesma owns 3,000 hectares of plantations, its own nursery, two fresh fruit packing plants, and a plant for the preparation of concentrated juices and essential oils.
In 2017 the agribusiness firm initiated an expansion plan for lemon by progressively incorporating 200 cultivated hectares with the objective of increasing the industrial production of essential oil, concentrated juices, and fresh fruit destined for export.
It is one of the main exporters of fresh fruit, mainly of Valencia orange. It also produces and industrializes grapefruit, which makes it one of the few companies in the country to have an integrated production of these three citrus species.
Essential oils are used to flavor fragrances and flavor drinks. 95% of the production is exported, mainly to the US. The juices are destined to the production of soft drinks and other beverages, by customers in Argentina and other countries.
The main destination market for their fresh fruit exports is the European Union (Spain, the Netherlands, and Italy) and in a lesser proportion Russia and other markets. In the domestic market, Ledesma supplies customers of the Central Market and peripheral markets of Greater Buenos Aires, as well as different customers and supermarkets within the country.
The company's long-term vision aims to harmonize Ledesma's economic growth with social progress and care for the environment in the communities where it operates.