Cutler, CA (January 27, 2022) – Prima Wawona, the industry’s largest producer of stone fruit has announced further sustainable expansion. The company’s shift in priorities has started with the transformation of 2,100 acres of almond trees over to stone fruit trees as part of its Raisin City redevelopment. The redevelopment project is a strategic growth play for the company to continue being the dedicated industry leader in the cultivation of Stone Fruit. By removing the almond trees, Prima Wawona can focus on our number one priority – to breed, grow, pack, and ship the best stone fruit in the world. What does this bring to the local community? More local jobs and a significant increase in employment for the Fresno County area.
“This planting represents a significant commitment to our employees, customers and consumers. We have carefully selected varieties that will compliment our current portfolio of varieties building more consistent supply and eating experience. We’re excited to dedicate significant acreage to our breeding program’s newest cultivars”. Says Mark Murai, Chief Agricultural Officer
Prima Wawona will implement new sustainable agriculture practices in this project. The Raisin City redevelopment will have 32 water wells powered by a 5-acre solar farm. It will produce more than enough energy to give back to the grid. By using the most modern irrigation technology, water savings of 30-40% per acre will be achieved versus traditional irrigation practices. Prima Wawona will also utilize advanced organic farming technique and food safety practices to provide exceptional tree fruit for the produce industry.
With this grand-scale redevelopment project, Prima Wawona becomes the largest stone fruit grower in the World but also the most sustainable stone fruit company. We are the sole stone fruit grower that is fully integrated with our own proprietary genetics and breeding programs. Our irrigation management systems are state of the art and second to none, enabling us to grow big juicy delicious stone fruit while minimizing water and chemical usage. Prima Wawona continues to expand our commitment to organic farming with new acreage devoted to organics every season. The future looks very bright! Says CEO, Eric Beringause
Family Farming Legacies bringing together over a century and a half of expertise and passion from two of the stone fruit industry’s leading family farms, Prima Wawona is committed to advancing strong retail partnerships and supporting the success of our supply chain partners, workforce and communities.
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Lisa (Davis) Corrigan
Director of Marketing