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35 Years of History
Blossom Hill Packing and Lucich Santos Farms has been family owned for more than 90 years with over 35 years growing and shipping apricots.
Apricots are a very sensitive fruit, and our goal is to grow, pack and ship apricots so our customers will find them sweet and juicy.
We take pride in the fruit we grow and it shows.
Lucich and Santos Farms and Blossom Hill Packing’s objective is to produce safe, premium, pathogen free, delicious produce for our consumers. This requires not only hard work in nurturing our product but also the implementation of a first-class Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety program. At Lucich and Santos Farms and Blossom Hill Packing, food safety is an integral part of our entire operation.
This year we have been working towards getting certified according to the GVSI benchmarked standard Global GAP. We are scheduled to go through our first third party field audit this May.
The Food Safety program has been established with the collaboration of Lucich and Santos Farms management, John and Dave Santos and MVP Food Safety Consultation.
The food safety program includes the use of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) during planting, crop protection, growing, and harvesting. When implementing our GFSI benchmarked GAP program we focused on food security, adjacent land use, water quality along with use practices, equipment sanitation, soil fertility management, wildlife, pest plus vermin control, crop protection, worker hygiene in addition to sanitary facilities, harvesting practices, and traceability. Our GFSI benchmarked GAP program also includes non-production items such as training of employees and use of training materials. Food Safety is not a static program.
It is dynamic in nature. The purpose of Lucich and Santos Farms Food Safety Program is to institute a proactive food safety system for their growing operation whereby any potential product hazards are anticipated and controlled from land acquisition through fruit packing and distribution.