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Produce veterans start citrus and lime sourcing company

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June 5, 2023 — Produce and citrus industry veterans have teamed up to form a new company specializing in global lime and citrus sourcing with a strong North American distribution team.

World Groves is led by Alex Teague, who throughout his 40-year career in citrus has held roles all the way from field to operations at the C-Suite level. Others on the team include Bill Locker who has worked with Teague for decades and brings a diverse background of business management experience to this new venture.

Alex Teague

Acting as agents of the tree as a primary differentiator, World Groves combines strategy and logistics to improve the pressing needs of the citrus supply chain. By diversifying growing regions and optimizing the tree’s potential, buyers can have year-round supply of quality limes with consistent pricing taking the historic roller coaster found with produce out of the equation.

“World Groves is the result of a lifetime of work in citrus, understanding the pain points, the market needs and demands, and then building a business that is focused on fixing those pain points. It’s by looking to the world’s groves, that we build a supply chain strategy where we find a market for each piece of fruit, finding the right fruit for each buyer, and then delivering with the right logistical support,” stated Alex Teague, Founder and CEO of World Groves.

The key advantage to a global sourcing program is its distribution plan. That is why World Groves has teamed up with Fresh Avenue’s logistics to optimize a citrus plan for both buyer and seller in North American markets.

“The Fresh Avenue contribution to World Groves is providing robust logistics support through delivered programs and consolidation so that citrus is delivered efficiently throughout North American markets. Time and time again we see the difference our logistics support has for customers, and we’re excited to be working with World Groves to bring quality limes and other citrus items to the North American market,” said Mark Vaughan, Managing Partner of Fresh Avenue.

Mark Vaughan

At the heart of World Groves is a mindset of sustainability and economic vitality, both for global citrus growers, but also for buyers as strategic sourcing and delivery is known to bring growth to businesses in the foodservice and retail sectors.

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