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Our History

Wonderful Citrus’s history of growth and innovation has developed the company into the largest fresh citrus grower in the western United States. Everyone involved with Wonderful Citrus has contributed a great amount of effort and diligence, giving us a reputation for being the best.

 

Here is a brief summary of our history:

1950

Lou Ghiz founded Paramount Citrus in 1950 with the objective of giving independent orange growers an opportunity to market the juice as well as the fruit outside of the Sunkist Cooperative. The orange juice was sold under the CAL FAME brand.

In 1957, Mr. Ghiz and other investors, including the then president of Capitol Records, began the Navel and Valencia orange farming operation.

1960

By 1966 Mr. Ghiz along with other investors had approximately 1,000 acres in production.

1970

By the mid-1970s, the CAL FAME orange juice operation had been phased out.

1980

In 1981, the company was bought by Stewart and Lynda Resnick. Stewart and Lynda remain the sole owners. today, with Stewart as the CEO.

1990

In 1990, the company joined the Sunkist Growers marketing cooperative, becoming its largest member.

1999 Delano 1 packing house complete

2000

In the spring of 2000, the company began planting its Clementine mandarins.

In the fall of 2000, Paramount executed the largest acquisition to date in the California citrus industry by buying the fresh citrus operations of Dole Food Company. The acquisition pushed Paramount to represent 20% of the Sunkist Cooperative.

From fall 2004 to spring 2013, the company sold its Clementines under the California Cuties® brand.

In 2006, Paramount Citrus began marketing its citrus varieties under the Paramount Citrus brands.

2007: Paramount Citrus acquired 6,000 acres of lemons in Mexico.

2012 Delano 2 Halos® packinghouse complete.

In 2012, Paramount acquired Healds Valley and Rio Queen, capturing 75% of Texas grapefruit market.

2013: The company launched Wonderful Halos mandarins and acquired Grimmway Farms citrus operations.

2014: The company launched Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruits.