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Sun World moves packing operations in-house

Grape category leader Sun World International has moved its packing operations in-house where it will pack a significant portion of its California-grown product. In addition to Sun World’s facility location in Bakersfield, lines are installed in its partner facilities, La Jolla, Alta Vista, and Blanc, to allow the ability to pack in-house throughout the season.sunworld

Sun World has taken a phased-in approach with installation, with four lines currently functioning and the final installment of three lines projected to be complete the last week of September.

“The investments being made by Sun World and our partners in this infrastructure are driving new innovation for our customers, the opportunity to differentiate themselves, and drive more margin and growth to the category,” said Vice President of Domestic Sales Jason Fuller.

More benefits of the new packing operations include improved quality control, more flexibility on pack styles and the ability to pack to order at scale.

The new packing operations will be led by Director of In-House Packing Cecilia Rivera and Operations Manager Ted Yukawa. Both Rivera and Yukawa have joined the Sun World team as of May 2018, bringing to the organization advanced management styles that focus on worker empowerment and training, as well as driving the highest level of efficiency and waste reduction.