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Calavo Growers evaluating sale of its fresh-cut business

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SANTA PAULA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Calavo Growers, Inc. BB #:113203, a global avocado-industry leader and provider of convenient, ready-to-eat fresh food, today announced that it is exploring a sale of its Fresh Cut Business (formerly “RFG”) to F&S Fresh Foods BB #:124667.

“Since I returned to Calavo as CEO in March, we have renewed our focus on our core avocado and guacamole businesses to maximize profitability, and I am pleased with the progress we have made,” said Lee E. Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calavo Growers, Inc.

“To dedicate more focus to our core and to maximize shareholder value, we have been exploring strategic alternatives for our Fresh Cut business, previously known as RFG. I am pleased to share that we have signed a non-binding letter of intent to evaluate a sale of our Fresh Cut business and some related real estate with F&S Fresh Foods, a leader in the industry and one of our long-trusted co-packing partners.”

Highlights of the contemplated transaction include:

  • Total transaction value of approximately $100 million, subject to customary adjustments
  • Significant reduction to Calavo’s post-transaction SG&A
  • Transaction closing anticipated in second fiscal quarter of 2024
  • Expected use of proceeds includes debt reduction, growing our core business and returning cash to shareholders

There can be no assurance that a definitive agreement will result from the discussions with F&S Fresh Foods and terms are still subject to negotiation. The Company will provide more information when and if a definitive agreement is executed.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.10 per share. The dividend will be paid on January 31, 2024, to Calavo Grower’s shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 26, 2024.

About Calavo Growers, Inc.
Calavo Growers, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVGW) is a global leader in quality produce, including avocados, tomatoes and papayas, and a pioneer of healthy fresh-cut fruit, vegetables and prepared foods. Calavo products are sold under the trusted Calavo brand name, proprietary sub-brands, private label and store brands. Founded in 1924, Calavo has a rich culture of innovation, sustainable practices and market growth. The company serves retail grocery, foodservice, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers worldwide. Calavo is headquartered in Santa Paula, California, with processing plants and packing facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Learn more about The Family of Fresh™ at

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