Oscar's Organic Is Acquired by King Fresh Produce, LLC
- by Jordan Okumura
DINUBA, CA - Oscar’s Organic table grape ranch and brands has been acquired by King Fresh Produce, LLC. After Oscar Carillo retired on October 16th, King Fresh stepped up to the plate to keep Carillo’s work running after its 33 years of operation.
“We are excited to further our organic grape program and learn from Oscar’s 30 plus years of experience with organic farming methods,” said Keith Wilson, President of King Fresh Produce, LLC. “As we look to differentiate and build our one-stop shop, the road ahead is full of opportunities.”
The organic treefruit and table grapes have been in production since 1984, but this acquisition doesn’t mean any variance is on the horizon for the established products. King Fresh plans to keep the organic farming methods Carillo implemented throughout the years. Field managers who worked with Carillo for 28 years are familiar with his farming methods will remain on the farm to tend to the existing vineyard and assist with the field work on King Fresh’s company-owned vineyards.
Oscar’s Organic joins the rest of King Fresh’s family of vineyards and farms, which span 3,000 acres of the San Joaquin Valley in California and grow table grape vineyards, cherry orchards, and citrus groves, the company noted in a press release. King Fresh also has farms in Northern Chile, Peru, and Mexico, where it grows table grapes when the California season ends. The company's wide-spanning farms have been growing in number since it was founded in 1933 and allow for a better grip on quality control and food safety. Oscar’s Organic is joining the ranks to ensure consumer satisfaction continues.
This acquisition will translate into the on-boarding of knowledge and practices mastered by Carillo’s farm over the years. According to the company, King Fresh Owner Keith Wilson is excited for the acquisition and looks forward to not only gaining Carillo’s farm, but also the hard-earned knowledge that Carillo’s staff brings with them. Wilson hopes that King Fresh will become a leader in the organic grape market with this transition.
For more information on King Fresh Produce, visit their website at www.kingfresh.com/home.