Distributor Salix Fruits ended 2019 with 30% growth over 2018, in part because of its imported Argentine lemon program in the US. The global fruit distributor has partnerships with growers in South and Central America, Mexico, the US and other countries. Domestic fruits include cherries, pears, apples, blueberries, plums and peaches.
The growth was led by trade in the US, Latin America and Canada in the second half of the year, according to a news release. Salix saw growth in its export of Washington apples and US grapes.
“We export to the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia," Juana Elortondo, sales manager for Salix Fruits, which also has offices in Chicago and Philadelphia. "This channel represents 25% of our business."
In 2018, Salix Fruits added CEO Alejandro Moralejo and Chief Financial Officer Daniel Calvo, which allowed the company to continue to strengthen its citrus program, according to the release.
"Salix was able to take advantage of new opportunities in the US by nurturing its partnerships with Argentine lemon producers, such as Padilla Citrus," according to the release. "By complementing the Argentine volume with imports from Mexico, Turkey and Spain, Salix provides lemons to the US market throughout the year."