North County San Diego and Temecula account for one-third of all avocados grown in California. The state produces 95 percent of all avocados grown in the U.S.
Over the last 10 years, avocado acreage in the county has dwindled from around 30,000 acres to 18,000 acres. and expected to drop to 15,000 acres in the next two years. Total avocado crop value was nearly $198 million in 2013.
Henry Avocado with headquarters at 2355 E Lincoln Ave. was founded in 1925 by Charles and Florence Henry who were among the first growers to plant avocados in San Diego County. The original Henry farm has been in continuous production since then and serves as the company’s headquarters.
Henry Avocado Corp. hits Charlotte, N.C. market
Charlotte’s busy airport and quickly growing population have incentivized businesses of all kinds to expand in the area. The latest industry? Avocado distribution.
Work has begun on a cold storage distribution center for Henry Avocado Corp., an Escondido, Calif.-based company that will use the facility to grow its supply chain of avocados to restaurants, food distributors and grocery stores along the East Coast, according to a statement Thursday from A M King, the firm handling construction of the site.
The 25,000 square-foot facility near 4045 Perimeter West Dr., near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, will be able to distribution 1 million cartons a year of fresh avocados sourced from Mexico, California, Peru and Chile, said Phil Henry, president of Henry Avocado Corp.
In choosing Charlotte, Henry said the company looked at the area’s business climate and transportation opportunities, among other areas.
“We did a lot of research looking at the population and consumption of produce, specifically avocados,” Henry said. “I went there and I liked the people a lot.”
Henry said the facility will initially employ around four people, and will double that number eventually.
A M King is converting a leased warehouse space, and construction is expected to wrap up in September. The facility will include forced air rooms, cooler storage space for produce, loading docks and a mechanical equipment room, A M King said.
The new distribution center will allow Henry Avocado to expand East Coast operations.
“While it can sometimes be challenging for a client to manage projects located across multiple time zones, our company’s design-build model, in conjunction with advances in construction technology, have helped increase communication and reduce our client’s previously needed resources,” A M King project manager JD Boone said