CUTLER, Calif. – July 19, 2018 Wawona Packing Co., LLC, today announced it has acquired the stone fruit breeding assets of Burchell Nursery Inc., a leading breeder and nursery of tree fruit and tree nuts in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, Wawona will acquire Burchell’s stone fruit breeding program, which includes more than 60 patented varieties of high-quality stone fruit trees and their associated genetics.
With a 75-plus year history, Burchell is one of the leading tree fruit and tree nut nurseries in central California, servicing over 7,000 growers globally with high quality trees. Burchell has a legacy in breeding best-in-class varieties of stone fruit for more than 30 years. Burchell’s trademarked series of peaches and nectarines, Flame® and Flare®, respectively, are well-recognized in the industry for their flavor profile and consistent quality across multiple commodities throughout the season.
Wawona Anticipates Strong 2017 Tree Fruit Season
CUTLER, Calif. -- Following a six-month stretch of record setting rain and snow throughout the state, Wawona Packing Company is excited about the prospect of what appears will be an exceptional tree fruit season in terms of quality and supply.
The storms that started in October and were consistent through March brought much-need water and snow pack relief to California, which had been besieged by a five-year drought. Most of the state's reservoirs are at capacity, aquifers are at the highest levels they've been in years and the snow pack is 185 percent of normal, putting it close to the state's wettest year on record (1982-83).
Wawona supplying peaches for McDonald’s smoothies
If you’ve had a McDonald’s peach smoothie lately, you can thank a central San Joaquin Valley farmer.
The Smittcamp family, operators of several food businesses, including Wawona Frozen Foods and Wawona Packing, is supplying the major fast food chain with peaches for their line of summer smoothies.
El Nino’s Effect on California’s Citrus and Tree Fruit Crops
CUTLER, Calif. - Feb. 10, 2016 -- As the 2015-16 El Niño shapes up to be one of the strongest on record, Wawona Packing Company has taken measures to maximize citrus harvest time prior to rainy days to ensure supply for its customers is not interrupted.
The citrus crop cannot be harvested when the fruit is wet.
“It’s not good for the rind,” said Richard Mittry, Wawona’s Ranch Manager who has been farming for 58 years and has experienced plenty of El Niño seasons. “If you harvest when it’s wet, the fruit is just weaker and you will see a lot of rind breakdown.”
Wawona Packing Takes Action to Battle On-going Drought in California
October 26, 2015 - CUTLER, Calif. – Wawona Packing Company continues to take steps to help preserve one of the most important natural resources – water.
Wawona had the vision to research and implement water-saving techniques prior to the start of California’s drought, which is now in its fourth year. As far back as 2010, Wawona has steadily incorporated micro-spray irrigation on a majority of its newly planted stone fruit ranch blocks.
Wawona Packing Introduces In-House Research Lab
October 14, 2015 – CUTLER, Calif. – Wawona Packing Company continues to deepen its position as a tree fruit industry leader using an approach that includes land acquisition, research and development and proprietary process control.
In the area of research and development, Wawona has opened a 4,000-square foot, in-house lab dedicated to researching new varietals, sustainable farm practices and conducting field-to-fork shelf life studies.
Wawona Packing, Moonlight join Cuties cooperative
A week after Sun Pacific Marketing Cooperative Inc. announced its acquisition of the Cuties trademark and the end of its partnership with Paramount Citrus, Wawona Packing Co. and Moonlight Companies LLC have joined the Cuties Cooperative.
The two companies grow, pack and ship citrus and other fruit.
“Adding Moonlight and Wawona to the Cuties Cooperative was the next logical step in bolstering the supply, service and merchandising support to our growing customer base,” Sun Pacific chief executive officer Berne Evans III said in a news release.