The Calavo Way: Sustainable Agriculture


Calavo works with thousands of food suppliers and growers around the world. We have a joint-venture investment in a greenhouse tomato operation in Jalisco, Mexico (Agricola Don Memo), but otherwise do not have direct control over the growing practices of our suppliers. However, we are proud to work with our customers to source products grown with sustainable agriculture practices, including Fair Trade products, organic products, non-GMO products and products with specific sustainable agriculture practices.


The Calavo Way: Supporting Local Communities



  • In Mexico, we donated containers for the correct separation of waste in the community of Arantepacua.
  • Provided funding for specialized equipment to help a Civil Protection Organization detect ammonia.


The Calavo Way: Ethics and Integrity


Calavo is committed to conducting its business honestly and ethically wherever we operate in the world, constantly improving the quality of our services, products and operations and maintaining a reputation for honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility, integrity, trust and sound business judgment. Calavo’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics outlines basic principles, in both English and Spanish, to guide all directors, officers and employees towards ethical behavior. Our Vendor Code of Conduct sets out similar expectations for our suppliers.

The Calavo Way: Reducing Food Waste


In 2021, Calavo joined the 10x20x30 initiative, a groundbreaking effort to bring together the world’s largest food retailers and providers, each engaging at least 20 suppliers to halve food loss and waste by 2030.

Our “Target-Measure-Act” approach includes a target of reducing food loss and waste in our own operations by 50%; measuring and publishing our food loss and waste inventories; and taking action to reduce our waste.

The Calavo Way: Waste and Water


Calavo seeks to minimize pollution to land, water and air because we understand that responsibly managing our waste streams is important to our business and to the communities in which we operate. Each facility is subject to different legal and regulatory requirements and has different waste and water opportunities and challenges; however our approach remains consistent.

Solid Waste: Every facility has a program for managing solid waste and recycling. To the extent possible, we aim to divert waste away from the landfill to recycling, reuse or composting.

The Calavo Way: Facilities & Operations


Energy and Emissions
At Calavo, our commitment to environmental responsibility includes carefully managing energy use at our facilities. Depending on the type of facility, our approach varies and may include initiatives such as:

The Calavo Way: A Letter From CEO Brian Kocher


I am pleased to present Calavo’s fourth annual sustainability report, covering our performance in 2021 on environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. Over the last few years, teams across Calavo have worked overtime to launch, improve and align sustainability activities to meet evolving customer, investor, and internal expectations. It is gratifying to see the progress we have made, and to know that more is yet to come.

2021 Highlights

Calavo Issues Annual Sustainability Report

Press Release

SANTA PAULA, Calif., August 9, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Calavo Growers, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: CVGW), a global avocado-industry leader and provider of value-added fresh food, released the publication of its 2021 Sustainability Report: The Calavo Way, highlighting the Company’s commitment and progress on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

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