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January 24, 1996
Roy Utke, 74, former top executive of Sunkist Growers marketing cooperative. Born in North Dakota, Utke was educated in mathematics, music, education and law at Moorhead State College in Minnesota and at Columbia and Cornell universities. He began his career in 1947 with Fruit Growers Supply Co., Sunkist's manufacturing and supply affiliate, as an analyst on systems, contracts and production. In 1953, he moved to the company's timber operations and carton manufacturing facility.
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November 23, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER SUNKIST GROWERS INC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just 2 1/2 years after he took the reins of Sunkist Growers, the nation's largest citrus cooperative, Chief Executive Vincent Lupinacci is leaving. Lupinacci, a veteran of the food and amusement industries, said in a statement released Wednesday that he is leaving effective immediately for "personal and family reasons." He was not available for comment. Sunkist growers and staff members say the announcement took them by surprise.
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BUSINESS
December 31, 1996
Sunkist Growers, the big Sherman Oaks-based citrus cooperative, has reached an agreement with a new fruit packinghouse to join its system. Sunny Cove Citrus Assn. is in Orange Cove in the San Joaquin Valley, and will now market its fruit with Sunkist. Sunny Cove has 65 grower-members and packs about 1.5 million cartons of oranges a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2000
Re "A Lemon From Sen. Boxer," editorial, Aug. 21: I am a third-generation lemon and avocado grower in Ventura County who faces the very real possibility of losing my business if the USDA's assurances that our crops will be protected from Argentine citrus pests and diseases fail. The USDA made similar assurances three years ago when Mexican avocados were first brought into the U.S. Within a matter of months, two very devastating new pests invaded our orchards. One, avocado thrip, destroyed 40% of my avocado crop in 1998.
BUSINESS
September 29, 1992 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since 60 desperate orange farmers in Southern California pooled resources 99 years ago to market their fruit, Sunkist Growers Inc. in Sherman Oaks has grown into the nation's largest citrus cooperative. With 6,500 member farms and a trademark that is all but synonymous with oranges, its annual revenue now reaches $1 billion.
NEWS
May 17, 1994 | DON LEE and DONALD WOUTAT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a repudiation of the giant citrus cooperative Sunkist Growers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it will abolish a scandal-ridden, Depression-era quota system that let growers keep oranges and lemons off the market to prop up prices.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1986
Ralph E. Bodine was elected chairman of Sunkist Growers, Visalia, succeeding retiring Chairman John V. Newman.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1999 | (A Times Staff Writer)
Sherman Oaks-based Sunkist Growers has renewed its contract with Foote, Cone & Belding. Sunkist, a cooperative owned by 6,500 grower-members, opted to stick with FCB's Los Angeles office after an ad agency review that included presentations from five other companies.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decision by Sunkist Growers, the country's largest citrus cooperative, to market imported lemons from Argentina has soured relations with many of its 6,500 members in California and Arizona, especially those in Ventura County whose fruit would directly compete with the imports. Sunkist's decision marks the first time the Sherman Oaks-based co-op has ever put its label on foreign fruit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2000
Re "China Citrus Business Could Mean Big Slice for Sunkist." May 2. Congressman Brad Sherman's comments regarding Sunkist Growers' support for improved trading relations with China and passage by Congress of permanent normal trade relations legislation illustrate the congressman's fundamental misunderstanding of the World Trade Organization and China's efforts to join a rules-based trading system. No doubt Sunkist, and in fact all American citrus exporters, long for market access to the 1.3 billion Chinese consumers and the opportunity to export tons of California and other U.S. fresh citrus fruit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2000 | D. B. YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All eyes are on China these days at Sunkist Growers, where "PNTR" has become the buzz phrase of the moment. The letters--which stand for Permanent Normal Trade Relations--roll off the tongues of top company brass as smoothly as the droplets of juice that have made the Sherman Oaks-based cooperative practically synonymous with oranges and fruit juice.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1999 | (A Times Staff Writer)
Sherman Oaks-based Sunkist Growers has renewed its contract with Foote, Cone & Belding. Sunkist, a cooperative owned by 6,500 grower-members, opted to stick with FCB's Los Angeles office after an ad agency review that included presentations from five other companies.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1998
* Russell Hanlin, president of Sherman Oaks-based Sunkist Growers, said he plans to retire and will be succeeded by Vincent Lupinacci. Sunkist is a grower-owned citrus-marketing cooperative with 6,500 grower members in California and Arizona, most of whom are small family farmers.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1996
Sunkist Growers, the big Sherman Oaks-based citrus cooperative, has reached an agreement with a new fruit packinghouse to join its system. Sunny Cove Citrus Assn. is in Orange Cove in the San Joaquin Valley, and will now market its fruit with Sunkist. Sunny Cove has 65 grower-members and packs about 1.5 million cartons of oranges a year.
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