The Nunes Company's Doug Classen Discusses Yuma Transition, Foxy Produce Offerings
- by Jordan Okumura
YUMA, AZ - It’s that time of year again when many of California’s major produce growers head south for the winter. Right on target and gearing up for this annual transition from Salinas to Yuma, Arizona, is The Nunes Company and its Foxy Produce brand.
Joining me to share the latest on the move is Vice President of Sales Doug Classen, who looks to the highlights and the challenges equally as we move through November.
“It’s an early Thanksgiving on November 22nd this year, so a lot of items are transitioning right in the middle of the pull. We’ve planned ahead and feel we’ve got a good handle to make sure our customers have their trucks placed in the best area for efficient loading,” Doug tells me. “We grow all of our 40 different conventional and 35 different organic commodities, 365 days a year to offer our customers year-round coverage.”
Currently, the Nunes Company is finishing up on its last couple of weeks on broccoli, cauliflower, and celery in Salinas and has already started romaine and leaf vegetables in Yuma. Iceberg in Huron, California, will finish by the 16th and the team picked up in Yuma on November 12th. Celery has started in Oxnard. All conventional items, except celery, will be shipping in Yuma by November 26th. Foxy’s organic program will generally mirror the same schedule as its conventional program.
“We stress communication and service at all levels—from field operations, customer communications to the loading of our customer’s trucks,” Doug shares. “Transition with the wide variety of crops that we grow always poses a degree of challenge; however, we strive to communicate as best as possible with our customers to aide in making their pick-ups as smooth as is expected from our team at Nunes.”
With the Thanksgiving pull right around the corner, stay tuned to AndNowUKnow for the latest on the transition and the road ahead.