November 2015

Limoneira's New Packing House


Limoneira's new packing house is in the final stages and should be operational shortly. This $20 million State-of-the-Art facility has been designed to handle Limoneira's high quality lemons with "kid gloves" and get them to customers around the world efficiently. From new automatic doors that keep the "cold chain" intact during truck loading to sensors that record millions of bits of data related to grade, size and color, the new packing house is at the cutting edge of produce packing.


Additional details include:
  • Two seven-foot wide lanes of pre-grading, washing, waxing and drying.
  • Ability to pack from either bins or storage boxes.
  • 12 Lanes of Compac Sorting (InVision 9000CIR)
  • 14 Lanes of Compac Sizing (InVision 6000)
  • 50 Compac Gentle Box Fillers (6 can be used for Reusable packaging {RPC's} or Family Packs).
  • Pack Capacity is 3,000 cartons per hour (more than double current pack speed).
  • Packed-Carton storage with two-high pallet racks for up to 60,000 cartons.
  • Four new fully enclosed loading docks with door seals at each dock (cold chain remains intact).
Stewart Lockwood, Director of Packing, John Carter, Director of Global Sales and Alex Teague, Limoneira's COO provide a short overview of the packinghouse.

Packing House Overview
Packing House Overview
Limoneira's Arizona Lemons


John Carter, Limoneira's Director of Global sales says, "A number of produce buyers have told us that during the fall/winter vegetable season their trucks are looking for additional weight to complete their load. With our new facility in Yuma, we have a great solution for them". Messages communicating these customer solutions will appear in the Packer, Produce Business and Produce News.


Limoneira's recent Arizona Packinghouse acquisition washes and packs lemons from the Company's orchards in Arizona as well as citrus from other growers in the region. Limoneira estimates that it will process approximately 500,000 to 600,000 cartons of fresh lemons annually from this facility. Harold Edwards, Limoneira CEO says, "Our Marlin Packinghouse is strategically located near our current farming operations in Yuma. Our Arizona operations add volume and give us increased flexibility in export markets. We expect to benefit from improved operating efficiencies from the new packing house, particularly during the first quarter of our fiscal year.
Limoneira Kids


Each September, students of many ages head back to school for additional learning and expertise development.


Limoneira has been supporting educational efforts in our community for more than a century, and the Company makes annual donations in money and man power to educational institutions in our region and beyond. We partner with a number of entities whose mission is to educate including California State University Channel Islands, California Lutheran University, Ventura College, and the Santa Paula Unified School District system. Limoneira also supports SEEAG (students for Eco Education and Agriculture) which brings hundreds of students to Limoneira to learn about agricultural practices and sustainability.


In the Kid's Corner section of the Lemons for Life™ website, fun, educational tools teach kids about agriculture and being sustainable. An Activity Book Word Search Puzzles and Coloring Pages teach children that agriculture is an important part of the nation's economy and show that sustainability efforts can be undertaken by everyone.
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Table of Contents 

Limoneira's Arizona Lemons
Limoneira Kids
Lemons For Life Throughout The Year Promotional Calendar
Limoneira's Global Chefs And Mixologist Opinion Leaders Share Great Lemon Recipes For The Holidays
Mix It Up Atlanta
Limoneira Lifestyles Gifts Make The Perfect Holiday Presents
Limoneira Winner's Block

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Lemons For Life™ Throughout The Year Promotional Calendar


Every month is the perfect opportunity to incorporate the juicy benefits that lemons provide. We've got a complete promotional calendar for Limoneira's grocery retail and food service customers to help grow category sales and attract more guests to their locations.


Fun, easy suggestions and tips are delivered directly for consumers, and Limoneira's geographically targeted data base ensures that messaging is relevant for shoppers and food service guests. Check out Megan Roosevelt's video for an overview of these promotions.

Lemon's for Life 2.0
Lemon's for Life 2.0
Limoneira's Global Chefs And Mixologist Opinion Leaders Share Great Lemon Recipes For The Holidays

Sebastian Sundqvist - Stockholm, Sweden

Sebastian Sundqvist is mixologist extraordinaire at Grodan (The Frog), a sophisticated French Brasserie in Stockholm. With white linen table cloths, a menu that invites both gourmands and gourmets and a history that dates back to 1892, it's Stockholm sophistication at its best and original paintings from the late 19th century adorn the walls just above the heads of the always stylish guests.

Sundqvist's manner is casual and professional as he mixes a steady stream of impressive cocktails for thirsty diners. He mixes it up in life too with pursuits in fitness, Thai boxing, golf and travel and has worked for Aquavit, Brasserie Godot in Stockholm, Hugo's Lounge and The Goldfish in Sydney, Australia.

Nic Hirsch - Laguna Beach

Nic first started bartending in 2006 at the Loft. In 2009, he had the opportunity to have Pablo Moix come spend a couple hours with him behind his bar and watch a very structured, precise, and more classic execution of cocktails than he'd never had the chance to see before. The following year he moved to NYC and was opening staff at the Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue. There he had the pleasure of training under their contracted consulting team, Toby Maloney and Joaquin Simo of Alchemy Consulting. He notes that this experience enabled him to polish his craft. In 2011 he returned to Montage Laguna and has been doing his best to incorporate structure and attention to detail into their cocktail culture

Patrick Reynolds - Santa Barbara

Patrick Reynolds' career as an award winning bartender started under the guidance of Chef Ron True, the owner of Epiphany (now Arlington Tavern). Reynolds was able to put his culinary degree to use and was granted all the creative freedom he'd been yearning for. Patrick is now recognized as one of the top mixologists in the region, known for his "Farm to Bar" and creative use of home grown ingredients, particularly herbs, citrus and homemade shrubs. You can often find Patrick leading tours through the Santa Barbara farmers market and making daily menus from his findings at The Wildcat Lounge with the motto,"Honor, Awareness and above all Respect"

Elana Lepkowski

Stir and Strain is a cocktail scratch pad where your Elana Lepkowski develops and tests cocktails out of a home bar with an emphasis on seasonal, classic, and the occasional Tiki drink thrown in. The scratch pad idea means that she puts ideas to paper, but also likes to converse with her audience on what to do next. She was a finalist for Saveur's 2014 Best Cocktail Blog! Her site has been featured on Serious Drinks list of the Top 8 Cocktail Blogs you should be reading. She contributes to the Serious Eats site. listed her as one of the TOP 5 Cocktail Instagram accounts to follow. She contributes cocktail recipes on DineXDesign! Her recipes have also been featured on Imbibe's website.

Antonio Lai - Hong Kong

Hong Kong native Antonio Lai has traveled the globe to work as a bartender, cadging knowledge and techniques along the way before returning home as the inspiration and co-owner of Quinary, Origin, and The Envoy, three cocktail lounges in the expensive and prestigious Mid-Levels residential area. Lai has worked in Beijing, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, London and Paris. At Quinary, the focus is in classic cocktails balanced with some interesting molecular concoctions. For example, the Earl Grey Caviar Martini, one of their most popular drinks, uses a gastronomy method with caviar and air. Lai's Origin cocktail lounge is a creative hybridization of "original" and "gin" and the focus is on concoctions with distilled gin infused with great Asian influences such as shiso, lemongrass, cucumber, coriander, grapefruit and more. The Envoy, Lai's latest venture, has a cocktail menu focusing on tea and its shipment around the world by the Dutch, Portuguese and British in the 19th century (,

Roberto Hernandez - Santa Barbara

Passion and love for family gatherings that invariably centered around homemade and culturally diverse cuisines inspired Roberto Hernandez to pursue a career in the culinary arts at a very young age.

In 2014, Chef Roberto relocated to Santa Barbara from his hometown of Newport Beach, to join Belmond El Encanto as Executive Sous Chef. From this idyllic culinary setting, he takes full advantage of the local bounty from land, sea and air when composing his dishes to reflect upon the resort's California coastal cuisine. Chef Roberto is frequently seen at the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings to ensure only the freshest of the day's harvest are made available to the resort's guests with daily specials focusing on seasonal and sustainably sourced local products.

Prior to joining Belmond El Encanto, Chef Roberto was a long tenured employee of The Four Seasons Newport Beach (now Island Hotel), where from 2000 through 2014 he honed his craft while working up the ranks, having started out as Chef de Partie and culminating his tenure as Chef de Cuisine in 2014. His continued achievements awarded him the Manager of the Quarter awards in both 2009 and 2011.

Chef Roberto's mastery of the culinary arts complemented by the finest and freshest that Santa Barbara has to offer, no matter the season, creates an experience for friends, family and all to share and revel in good company with good food.

Brian Leon - Malibu

General Manager Brian Leon surveys the evening buzz at the 6,800 square foot jewel that is Nobu Malibu. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning vistas of 180° coastline and blue Pacific waves dramatically crashing on the beach. The place is packed, yet serene. Diners are enjoying pre-dinner cocktails on ocean side daybeds and a warm glow of an outdoor fireplace. The sun is just beginning to set and twinkling stars become ever more magical against an inky sky. After eight years of working for Nobu, Leon has seen quite a bit, especially given the heady atmosphere of Malibu. Regulars like Robert Downey Jr., Courteney Cox, Mel Gibson, Nicole Richie, and Pink love the vibe and "Paparazzi-free" calm. They also love Executive Chef Gregorio Stephenson's tiradito, black cod with miso, and mini-tacos. "We tend to stick to the staples every time we go," says Rande Gerber, who has been frequenting Nobu with wife Cindy Crawford for more than a decade. In addition to Leon's capable management of this well oiled machine, he's a talented mixologist and enjoys the creativity of conjuring up new concoctions. He notes that "it's relaxing and enables me to be inventive". As he looks out past the crowd at the setting sun, you can see that he's completely in his element.

Catalina Ispas - Chicago

The ROOF at The Wit in Chicago has been proclaimed one of the three top rooftop lounges in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine. A glamorous, 7,000 square foot escape on the 27th floor of the Wit, ROOF has earned international praises for its gorgeous design, sweeping views of Chicago, entertainment programming and expressive hand-crafted cocktails and cuisine. Catalina Ispas, one of the Roof's talented bartenders surveys the crowd on a busy evening and doesn't miss a beat. Guests are enjoying views of the city from a cabana booth on the Patio and waitresses scurry with clinking glasses to a happy party at a breathtaking table on the Hangover which jets out over the side of the building. Catalina is on her game-She's polished and professional and even though the crowd is clamoring three deep at the bar, she smiling. "I love what I do says Catalina, and this is a great place to bar tend. There's really nothing like it. We have a retractable roof and the ambiance here is amazing". We concur and compliment her on the amazing cocktails she's creating. Catalina knows her craft!

Walter Pintus - London

Following extensive experience at some of the world's best hotels and resorts such as One Aldwych, the Ritz and the Grand Hotel Villa D'Este, Walter Pintus became head bartender at the Connaught where he captivates customers with extraordinary creations. Ultra-stylish décor and Pintus' mouth-watering cocktails have put the Connaught Bar in Mayfair into a league of its own. Inspired by English Cubist and Irish 1920s art, with textured walls shimmering in platinum silver leaf overlaid with dusty pink, pistachio and lilac, designer David Collins has produced a gem of a London bar.

Joe McPherson - Seoul

Joe McPherson founded ZenKimchi in 2004, and it's now Korea's longest running food blog and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and CNN as well as a number of Korean publications such as The Chosun Weekly, SEOUL Magazine, JoongAng Daily, The Korea Herald and Newsweek Korea. Joe has also spoken at TEDx Seoul on Korean food globalization. His Company ZenKimchi International organizes food tours for tourists and corporations and acts as a media liaison for foreign and Korean media and local restaurants and producers. Joe is the co-founder of Seoul International Cocktail Expo and says that the most popular cocktail in Korea is the mojito because it requires fresh mint. Mint is generally not used in Korea, and the use of fresh ingredients in cocktails has gotten Koreans excited.

Dylan Black - Boston

Located in Central Square between Cambridge's twin pillars of academe Harvard and MIT, Dylan Black's Green Street has long been a people's pleasure dome, serving its neighbors since the great depression (it's the home of Cambridge's oldest-standing liquor license). Dylan reinvented Green Street in 2006 with an eye for its history, but its award-winning (Best of Boston 2008) cocktail menu, better-than-serviceable wine list, raft of craft-brew, and revived kitchen have garnered enthusiastic notice beyond Cambridge. Dylan's family has been in the spirits world for generations. His father ran a bar outside Chicago. His mother's father owned and ran the Reisch Brewery in Springfield, Illinois, into the 1960s. The Green Street staff takes primary flavors and concocts them in differing proportions and textures to make a wide range of drinks. They depend on accurate jigger measurements not just for economy but to achieve correct and consistent balance of elements and flavors. That assures that, on a given night, your drink will be the same, whether mixed by Dylan or any of Green Street's other talented bartenders.

Tacy Stevens - New Orleans

Tacy Stevens mixes it up at New Orlean's Mid-City Yacht Club the popular new kid on the block thanks to the charm of its interior which was built almost entirely from wood from refurbished storm-damaged homes. The name is a post-Katrina allusion to navigating a city underwater. Stevens has deftly honed her craft from working the boards of such culinary luminaries as Galatoire's 33 in the Vieux Carré.

Regina Schauerte - San Francisco

Cala is the hot new restaurant in the Haye's Valley Neighborhood of San Francisco owned by Mexico superstar chef Gabriela Cámara who also has four restaurants in Mexico, including her Mexico City flagship, Contramar. Cámara put together a talented professional group for Cala and tapped talented Schauerte formerly from Blackbird to run the bar.

Schauerte believes that ingredients for a good bartender are equal parts empathy, patience and a sense of humor. Her humility and down-to-earth quality belie her extensive knowledge of her chosen craft. Asked about her favorite drink to make, Regina says that "all of our drinks are pretty labor-intensive. A lot of muddling, shaking, stirring are involved. I came up with a new drink which has gin, quince jam, lemon, celery shrub and topped with pilsner beer. It's fresh and vibrant". Regina also notes that good watering holes add a positive dimension to society and says, "sometimes I fear technology is keeping people disconnected. Places where you can drink and share a good laugh, or cry, will hopefully keep human interaction alive".

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Mix It Up Atlanta!

In October, Atlanta was scene of the latest MIX IT UP series where top mixologists create tantalizing cocktails featuring lemons. The Suite Food Lounge in downtown Atlanta features dazzling views of the city and has an electric vibe. Atlanta Social Media Experts judged the offering from the talented bartenders. Timothy Thiel from Ray's took the prize and will now be entered to compete in future

Caleb Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA) and a partner of The Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs, WNA's publisher. Caleb was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need to Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and featured as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA is consistently named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

Megan McCarthy

Megan McCarthy is a culinary talent with a motivating vision for simple, fresh and delicious recipes with a tantalizing flair. Her creative culinary experience and enthusiasm brings healthy food to life. As a healthy lifestyle consultant, spokesperson and chef, she is the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Edible Garden Chef, creating culinary delights freshly harvested right out of the edible garden. She also teaches healthy cooking and lifestyle classes at Whole Foods Markets and the Cook's Warehouse in Atlanta as well as Lunch & Learns for corporate wellness programs across the country. Megan also teaches kids about balanced eating while working with Georgia Public Schools, Georgia Farm-to-School and the Let's Move programs to raise a healthier generation of kids through healthy eating, exercise and self-esteem building tools to empower kids across America.

Her recipes have been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Edible Atlanta, Flavors and Best Self Atlanta magazines. She is featured regularly on HLN's Weekend Express with her unique and healthy perspective on food as well as Lifetime TV's The Balancing Act. For her current recipes and classes, go to

Amy Koran Patricio

Amy Patricio, the owner and founder of Atlanta Personal Chef Service, is a DC area native. She moved to Atlanta in 2004 and spent her early career in the healthcare industry. She continued her education at Georgia Tech, where she graduated in 2014 with an MBA with a focus in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Before school, she launched Atlanta Personal Chef Service, with the mission of bringing busy families back to the dinner table. She has led the business to grow rapidly over the last 4 years to a company that now serves families all over Atlanta, providing weeknight dinners on a regular basis, multi-course plated in-home dinner party service, and personal chef service for all kinds of culinary events. Her hobbies include volleyball, hiking and of course, cooking. Amy lives in Marietta with her husband.

Christan Willis

Christan Willis is a Personal Chef at Atlanta Personal Chef Service. She has over ten years experience in the culinary industry, beginning with her first job as Assistant Chef at Young Chefs Academy, through her studies to earn her Culinary Arts Degree, her internship at Walt Disney World Resorts, and more. More recently, she worked at St.Cecelia, Chef Ford Fry's Buckhead restaurant where she made pastas, sauces and other flavorful dishes from scratch. Bold ingredients like ginger, soy, basil, and even espresso, give inspiration to Christan's own cooking. She brings her eagerness to learn about new flavors and techniques, and true passion for cooking, to her work as a personal chef with the Atlanta Personal Chef Service team. In her free time, Christan paints abstract art, loves traveling and visiting new restaurants around the U.S., and as a huge adrenaline junkie, can't wait to sky dive next.

Toby Bloomberg

Toby Bloomberg is one of the founders of Diva Foodies and since 2004, DF has been working with companies, including food brands, to provide digital and social media guidance and execution since 2004. Diva Foodies also hosts #FOODTVChat, the only Twitter chat that brings reality food TV chefs, contestants, hosts and their passionate audiences together every Thursday night at 7pm EST Diva Foodies supports the social business aspect of the food industry including: FoodTV, food entrepreneurs, chefs, cookbook authors, restaurants owners, large food manufacturer marketers and supermarket owners, digital food networks and publishers.

Timothy Thiel

Born in Longmont, CO and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Tim has now called Georgia home for the past decade. Tim got his start behind the bar at the island-inspired Darden Restaurants concept, Bahama Breeze, where the fast-paced, high-volume bar shifts honed his skills at cranking out countless mojitos and tropical rum-based cocktails. Joining the bar staff at Ray's on the River in June 2012, Tim used this change as an opportunity to expand his cocktail and spirits knowledge and transition from a drink maker to a cocktail creator. He uses his culinary knowledge to create a weekly featured cocktail that focused on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Tim has added a focus of house-made, seasonal ingredients to the cocktail menu that features original recipes and creative spins on classics.

Arianne Fielder

Arianne Fielder is head mixologist at the Butcher, the Baker and has opened and created the bar programs for several notable bars around Atlanta over the years including Ormsby's, Bourbon Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel, Seven Lamps, and Article 14. Earlier this year Brovo Spirits released her very own inspired spirit called Amaro Fielder.

She has published recipes, interviews and beverage features in: Imbibe Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, Food & Wine Cocktail Guide, Southern Living Magazine, Details Magazine & Online, HGTV, Flavors Magazine, Jezebel, The Atlantan, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Garden & Gun Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Restaurant Informer, Tasting Panel, Creative Loafing, Savory Exposure,,, Twisted South Magazine,, The Lazy Susan, Bearings Guide,, Atlanta Dish, Cocktails in the Kitchen and more.

Her awards and recognitions include:-Esquire Magazine and Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Regional Winner, Atlanta 2014 - Food and Wine Cocktail Guide 2013, 100 Best New American Bar Programs, Seven Lamps -Jezebel Magazine "Atlanta's Best Bar Keep" 2013 Best Of issue Atlantan Magazine Restaurant Guide 2013 "#1 Coolest Mixologist" Berentzen national competition winner 2012 -Runner up to Taste of Atlanta Bar Craft competition 2011

Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones has over 20 years experience bartending in Atlanta. He is proficient in flare, mixology and bar knowledge and has served a host of celebrities including Prince, Sean Puffy Combs, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Goo Goo Dolls and more. Jeff has created drink menus for clubs, lounges and restaurants throughout Atlanta and goes by the moniker Spyder. #whiskeyslinger #jeffspyder

Kendra Jenkins

Kendra Jenkins has worked the hospitality industry in Atlanta for over 10 years. Her experience has enabled her to sample, create exciting new cocktails. In addition to Suite Lounge Atlanta, she has worked at the Budweiser Bar in Atlanta Airport, one of the busiest bars in one of the world's busiest airports. She also managed an exciting Beer-Centric Restaurant named Taco Mac, where she was able to cultivate her passion for mixology. She has hosted more than 27 beer and liquor events including Guinness Perfect Pour, Weekly Pint Night and Barrel Age Whiskey Tastings. Kendra says "add a dash of my speed and tricks behind the bar and you are looking at one well-rounded industry enthusiast". As if this wasn't enough, Kendra also has a successful marketing and PR firm catering to up and coming celebrity chefs.

Kayla Hendrix

Kayla Hendrix is a South Carolina native and moved to Atlanta two years ago. She has worked for a number of great establishments in South Carolina and Atlanta including the Wild Hare and The Ivy in Buckhead. In addition to her bartending skills, Kayla is a promotional model and works for one of Atlanta's top plastic surgeons. Her passions in life include helping animals and people.

Mix It Up Atlanta
Mix It Up Atlanta
Limoneira Lifestyles Gifts Make The Perfect Holiday Presents

With 3,010 acres of lemons and 1,169 acres of avocados growing throughout California, Limoneira is one of the largest lemon and avocado producers in North America.

Limoneira offers delicious avocado and lemon gift boxes and baskets and all natural skin care products that make perfect presents for friends and family.

Limoneira Skin Care line contains products that are lemon and avocado based and are made with all organic ingredients that are natural and sustainable, preservative free, pesticide free, dermatologist tested and approved. Limoneira has been successfully growing and packing delicious produce for 120 years and has sustained their growth with water conservation practices, soil enrichment, green materials recycling and solar energy.

Limoneira's Skin Care line takes advantage:
  • All avocado based products use the skin saving powers of avocado oil which stimulates collagen, helps protect against sun damage and penetrates deep skin layers more effectively.
  • Limoneira skin care products contain a new avocado-based compound discovered during ethno botanical research, which is a natural promoter of skin metabolism that regenerates cells to create younger and firmer skin.
  • The juice of lemons are a non-chemical way of lightening age spots and brightening blotchy brown discolorations and the acid in lemons helps to take off dry, flaky skin to create a more even skin tone.
  • Lavender adds a soothing aroma and helps calm redness and inflammation and the pump style dispensers eliminate the need for any added preservatives that might irritate sensitive skin.

Limoneira's Natural Skin Care products have been approved for use by the International Society of Oncology Estheticians. This organization was established as a non-profit society in British Columbia to promote and encourage the professional practice of Oncology Esthetics with the goal of improving the physical and mental health of immune-compromised individuals. 

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Limoneira Winner's Block

This month our lucky winner is Linda Nicholson from Seattle, Washington. As our monthly winner, Linda has won a Limoneira Orchard Fresh or Lifestlyes Gift.

Congratulations Linda!!!

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