Calavo Growers

Calavo Growers is an international food company involved in the production and distribution of avocado and other fresh fruits and vegetables. The company operates through three major business segments and sells its products to retail grocery, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers across the North American, Asian and European markets. The Fresh segment includes procurement and marketing of fresh avocadoes and other produce such as tomatoes and papayas. The Renaissance Food Group segment produces, markets and distributes fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and prepared foods. The Foods segment creates and distributes refrigerated packaged foods such as guacamole and salsa. The company's products are sold under a variety of private label and store brands, and the company's own Calavo, Garden Highway and Chef Essentials brand names.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Calavo Growers publicly discloses commitments across the dimensions. However, it has room for improvement in all three given its market position as a large producer and distributor of fresh foods. In the environment dimension, the company commits to reusable packaging and discloses some evidence regarding its production of organic food. However, Calavo Growers has not set a time-bound target to reduce GHG emissions or minimise freshwater use in water-stressed areas. The company commits to reducing food waste by donating fresh produce to local communities, which also contributes to addressing the accessibility and affordability of healthy foods in the nutrition dimension. Moreover, Calavo Growers commits to ensuring food safety, but it lacks commitments to key nutrition topics, such as workforce nutrition, and responsible marketing to promote healthy eating. The company is committed to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain, but it does not disclose evidence of the processes in place to evaluate these risks. The company commits to health and safety and it discloses data on incident rates. However, it does not commit to paying a living wage, protecting land rights or supporting smallholder farmer productivity.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 1,195,777,000
Major subsidiaries
Renaissance Food Group
Consumer brands
Calavo Gold, AvoMayo

Value chain sub-sectors

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