Ayco’s Vice President John McGuigan Shares AFCO Shipping Line, Orangecello™, YellowMe™, and More
- by Christofer Oberst
POMPANO BEACH, FL – Ayco Farms is jumping into another hotly anticipated season with an exciting crop on the way. John McGuigan, Ayco’s Vice President, took the time to discuss what’s new with the company and what retailers can expect from the new season.
“As a vertically integrated grower and shipper we are investing heavily every year to provide value to our customers,” he said. “This year we entered into our own shipping line in Central America under the AFCO Shipping Line name to allow us to provide our own control over arrivals, departures, and cost control in our supply chain.”
The new season is just getting started, but John tells me that quality and supply look to be in line with expectations. Ayco Farms will have promotable volumes on most of its items from now until late April, or even early May from its two crop cycles in Guatemala.
“Quality so far looks promising and we have not had any adverse weather on the crop to date that should negatively affect us in any way,” he said. “Early brix and color look good, and sizing looks to be expected; so far, so good.”
Ayco Farms offers any kind of retail support its retail partners need to communicate with their consumers, whether that is POS, special packaging to highlight new and innovative products like Orangecello™, YellowMe™, which is a new personal watermelon that’s red on the inside and yellow on the outside, and Galias; all can be packed in a one count sleeve to help educate the consumer about these differentiated products.
“Of course, the most important retail support is great quality,” John continued, “and we are always focused on that.”
Ayco Farms has also received certification from the Rainforest Alliance, ensuring that its melon farms are well-managed and are growing food responsibly. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farm and forest operations meet comprehensive standards that protect the environment and promote the rights and well-being of workers, their families, and communities.
“We think that supporting the communities that grow with and for us is vitally important as well, and we are proud to have that certification from this organization,” John said.
With what looks to be an fantastic season ahead, look forward to seeing more from Ayco Farms soon.