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Limoneira forms joint citrus venture with Wileman Bros. & Elliott

SANTA PAULA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Limoneira Company BB #:168478, a diversified citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc., BB #:111902 to come together to sell their combined citrus volumes under the One World of Citrus Alliance.

Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc. is a 95-year-old citrus business located in California’s Central Valley. It is both a large grower and independent shipper of California citrus with a focus on oranges, mandarins and specialty citrus.

Limoneira, another legacy brand, operating since 1893, is a worldwide grower of citrus with large holdings in California of lemons, oranges, and other specialty citrus crops. Moving forward, Limoneira’s oranges and specialty citrus, including grapefruit, and pummelos, will be packed and shipped by Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc.

“We are very pleased to be teaming up with Limoneira in this new venture,” said Brian Johnson, CEO of Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc. “Combining our volumes, service and expertise with Limoneira’s, under the One World of Citrus™ program, will enable us to focus on grower returns while providing an outstanding service level and value to our customers.”

Both entities will maintain and expand their current brands and packaging, however the sales representatives from both companies will be responsible for the entire combined citrus portfolio from all growing regions including imports.

One World of Citrus’ “One Service” program will provide a single invoice to the customer in order to simplify the transaction.

“We are very excited to be joining with Wileman Bros. & Elliott to expand our citrus offerings under the One World of Citrus program. By having all of efforts together under the One World of Citrus we truly are growing our One World, One Team, One Service model,” said Harold Edwards, Limoneira President, and CEO.

About Limoneira Company
Limoneira Company, a 128-year-old international agribusiness headquartered in Santa Paula, California, has grown to become one of the premier integrated agribusinesses in the world. Limoneira (lç moñ âra) is a dedicated sustainability company with 15,400 acres of rich agricultural lands, real estate properties, and water rights in California, Arizona, Chile and Argentina. The Company is a leading producer of lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops that are enjoyed throughout the world. For more about Limoneira Company, visit www.limoneira.com.

About Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc.
Wileman Bros. & Elliott, Inc. was established in 1925. The business started by exporting stone fruits and table grapes to markets in Singapore, China, and Australia. The business expanded during the 1960’s to include citrus, by 2005 the company had made its complete transition into the vertically integrated grower, packer, shipper of citrus it is today. The company has continued to grow and expand its markets by controlling all the processes from farm to fridge and focusing on growing practices, sustainability, and food safety.

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Michael Gonzales
Marketing Manager
Limoneira Company
(805) 525-5541 ext. 1069