Bee Sweet Citrus Suits Up For Its 2019 Summer Import Program
- by Alexis Schreiber
FLOWER, CA - The Bee Sweet Citrus sales team is gearing up for another successful summer import program as California's citrus domestic season nears an end. Bee Sweet Citrus receives imported Clementines, Navel oranges, Cara Cara navels and lemons during the months of June through October. The company's sales team oversees all import clearance, logistics, inventory, and conducts weekly market analysis calls with its international partners.
"As a grower, packer, and shipper of premium citrus, our team takes pride knowing that we can provide product to our consumers year-round," said Joe Berberian, Sales Representative. "Over the last 15 years, we've been working closely with our Chilean partners to ensure that we can implement a successful, no-gap transition of citrus to our consumers; and we're excited to kick-off another great season."
According to the company’s press release, the company's food safety and production teams check that all product is certified and audited in food safety and sustainability to ensure that all imported product is safe, fresh, and meets Bee Sweet's standards in quality.
“As a team, we work hard to make sure that our product not only meets, but exceeds, our consumer’s expectations,” stated Jesus Medina, Food Safety Manager. “During our import season, our citrus is monitored under a strict CTPAT program, and we require that all of our Chilean product is harvested from ranches that are PrimusGFS and GAP certified.”
Led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a voluntary program, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program oversees the product’s safety at every step of its supply chain. This ensures that all of Bee Sweet’s imported product is monitored over-seas and is safe upon its arrival to the U.S.
"All imported citrus is sent straight to our facility where it's re-graded to ensure high quality," said Jason Sadoian, Sales Representative. "Our customers also have the option to re-pack the fruit to any specific pack style that they prefer during the program."
All of Bee Sweet’s Chilean partners harvest from ranches like its domestic product that are PrimusGFS and GAP certified. To obtain these certifications, ranches are audited based on its growing methods, its food safety program(s), and its product handling methods.
Berberian added that premium citrus is a necessity for the company’s consumers. The company has the ability to meet consumer demand year-round through its summer import program.
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