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We've grown to become the world's leader in producing, distributing and marketing fresh Hass avocados. As a vertically integrated company, our total focus is avocados. We provide customers all over the world with the complete package—year-round supply, global availability and value-added services.

Our partners are passionate and experienced growers from the most ideal avocado growing regions in the world. To supply customers with the world's finest avocados, we operate packing facilities in five countries and own eight regional ripening centers in North America. Our distribution centers and transportation capabilities ensure peak eating-quality avocados from the tree to the customer. And when it comes to food safety, we adhere to the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program and Good Harvesting Practices (GHP). We proudly share responsibility with our growers to ensure total satisfaction for our customers.

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Grower Spotlight

Our avocados are only as good as the people who grow them and we have the best! From San Diego to San Luis Obispo, to Mexico, Peru, Chile and New Zealand, we are proud of our highly skilled growers and the relationships we have built over the years. We have an experienced field team focused on supporting their efforts to produce the finest avocados in the world.

Meet Gabe Filipe

Field Representative
Mission Produce, San Luis Obispo County

The Filipe family grove, planted in 1975, is located in Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast of California. Over the past 40 years, four generations of Filipes, including Gabe, have worked together to grow California avocados.

Being raised on an avocado farm, Gabe appreciated both the challenges and fulfilling rewards that come with a life in the agriculture industry and was determined to hone his skills in farming. He graduated from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo with an increased passion for agricultural technology and an eagerness to apply it to optimize avocado production.

In addition to tending to his family's avocado groves, Gabe works at Mission Produce as a field representative, perpetually sharing his insights, experience and passion with other California avocado growers. He also manages Mission's sixty-two planted acre ranch on the Cal Poly campus. At the Cal Poly ranch Gabe tests new technologies for their effectiveness on production. This equips him further with valuable information and credible recommendations for other Mission growers.

A single avocado can be on a tree for up to fifteen months before it's ready to be picked, so it's no surprise that Gabe's favorite time of year is avocado harvest season. During these harvest months high winds, freezing temperatures and extreme heat threaten the crop. After going through all of that, it is especially satisfying for Gabe to watch the trucks, bins overflowing with avocados, drive out of the grove headed to Mission's state of the art packing facility.

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Message from Steve

I’m proud to say that during the past year Mission has continued to grow and develop its global footprint as the world’s largest grower, packer and distributor of fresh Hass avocados. On the heels of completing facility construction projects in California, New Jersey and Peru, we started additional ventures to further reinforce our commitment to servicing customers around the world. This year we will complete new ripening centers in Europe, China, Canada and California. As before, these projects are tangible evidence of our commitment to providing consumers all around the globe with the World’s Finest Avocados.

Mission is also committed to full vertical integration and staying close to our growers--whether that is in California, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, or other emerging production regions around the world. Our goal of having reliable, year-round sources of supply for our customer base directly translates into creating strong relationships with growers, trading partners and ultimately, our consumers.

Our website is designed to give an overview of our products and global operation. If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out through social media or our 'Contact Us' link at the top of this page.
Steve Barnard, President & CEO

Our History

Mission Produce was founded in 1983 by produce industry veterans Steve Barnard and Ed Williams when they recognized the potential for avocados in the US market and beyond.  As avocado growers have looked to Mission Produce to pack, market and deliver their fruit, we have grown into a global company with operations in the United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands.


We've developed technologies for managing water and nutrients and share them with our growing partners to advance the best, most responsible avocado production. These innovations enable us to irrigate and fertilize precisely when and where the trees need it to optimize production and use less water and fertilizer per unit.

Sustainability is key to the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program and Good Harvesting Practices (GHP) for growing avocados and we adhere to these programs as part of ensuring customer satisfaction.

All of our packing and distribution facilities are built with the future in mind. Each facility is energy efficient with low out-put LED lighting, complete temperature control and a linked power grid program. Our Oxnard packing facility includes over four acres of solar panels on the roof, providing three-quarters of our power needs during peak season.

Our Community

Ventura County FairNo one exists in a vacuum. That's why we recognize the importance of participating in community. We are active in supplying food banks in Ventura County as well as supporting agricultural education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. You'll also see us exhibiting award-winning avocados at the Ventura County Fair each year where we take the opportunity to meet with neighbors and customers.

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