LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes, and persimmons, is celebrating 30 years of providing the U.S. with fresh, quality fruit that consumers can trust.
LGS was founded on the desire to bring the world’s best tasting citrus to U.S. shoppers. It all began in 1990 when LGS imported its first shipment of clementines from Spain and one year later the Darling Clementine® brand was formed. Today, in addition to importing clementines, LGS also offers shoppers a variety of other fruit, such as; oranges, lemons, minneolas, cara cara oranges, avocados, grapes and persimmons.
“It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago we imported our first shipment of clementines as a company,” said Luke Sears, president and founder of LGS Specialty Sales. “I believe LGS’ success is attributed to our hardworking dedicated employees, long-term innovative suppliers and great retail partners that continue to push us to perform at the highest level. Our company was built on establishing and maintaining great relationships with growers from around the world. We’re so grateful to our growing partners for three decades of success and look forward to continued growth.”
Not did LGS help develop a year-round Mandarin program, the company was also developed the production and planting of W. Murcotts in Chile. Additionally, after avocados were approved to come to the U.S. in 1997 from Mexico, LGS was one of the firsts to bring the popular fruit to U.S. shoppers – a program that quickly evolved with Peru, Chile and Colombia.
Looking forward, LGS plans to continue developing its categories and production of navels, grapes, lemons, minneolas and cara cara oranges. LGS also plans to expand its own production of W. Murcotts.
“Founding LGS in 1990 was the second best decision I’ve made in my life,” added Sears. "The best decision I ever made was marrying my wife Jane a year earlier. Her unwavering support and advice guided me in growing the business for the past 30 years."