On a trip to Morocco!
In early January, Luis Elortondo, our Sourcing Director, visited several Moroccan companies that are worth knowing.
It is the beginning of a series of trips that aim to turn Salix Fruits into a company that imports citrus in the USA and not just lemons.
Why Morocco? Because this country is, for mandarins, what Turkey is for lemons. It´s excellent agro, climatie, and labor conditions make it an ideal place.
One of the companies we were with is a private agricultural company, the # 2 in Morocco in citrus production. Its location is unbeatable: in a valley between the sea and the mountain that produces the best quality in the country. Their Navel and Valencia oranges, and one seeded fruits have a superior quality!
Other of the companies visited surprised us, not only for being a family business of a doctor who inherited his father's business and now runs his young son, who is very professional and friendly, but also for his plantation of Nadorcott tangerines (an easy-peeler seedless variety of excellent quality, delicious and very good looking) and its lemons Eureka that left us impressed.
We will definitely tell you news about Morocco very soon.
Salix is a global import-export company of fresh fruit, an American Company based in Atlanta. It also has offices in Philadelphia, Chicago, South Africa and Argentina. The firm has more than 15 years of experience in the fresh fruit business. Recently added a new business unit, processed foods.
Salix has a wide portfolio of over 25 produce items, but focuses on apples, lemons, oranges, tangerines, pears and grapes. The company works with more than 80 loyal growers in 18 countries, and 400 customers in 57 countries.
Salix was founded in 2013 by Juan González Pita and Luis Elortondo.