Bloomington, CA – Giovanni Cavaletto, Vice President of Operations for Index Fresh, announced recently that Bailey DiIoia has joined the Index team of Field Staff and will be working with Gary Nichols to serve Ventura County growers.
DiIoia has a BA in Communications from Sacramento State University and a degree in Horticulture from American River College. DiIoia turned his focus to agriculture after he injured his arm playing baseball for Sacramento State. He liked plants so he took an internship in the cut flower industry in Carpinteria, California. He had also helped manage a small grove on his parents’ property, so he knew his future was somewhere between avocados and cut flowers.
During a four month internship with cut flowers in El Salvador and Guatemala, DiIoia lived with a family that had a small grove, and studied Spanish in a language immersion program. His first job opportunity with avocados came in Carpinteria where he worked for a farm manager and connected with Index Fresh. DiIoia is a recent graduate from the 16 month Agriculture Leadership Foundation Program.
In a recent interview, DiIoia said, “Index has been around for a hundred (100) years and it’s great to be a part of that legacy. This is a company where the Board Members are farmers. They understand grower issues. I’m looking forward to meeting growers in VenturaCounty.”
Index Fresh, Inc. is a grower owned packing, marketing and shipping company located in Bloomington, California. The company is committed to educating and serving Index Fresh growers, customers and trading partners.
The company distributes premium avocados from California, Mexico, Chile, and Peru under the AvoTerra brand. They provide a year round supply to large retailers, small specialty retailers and the food service industry both in the U.S. and Asia. The company has been in business since 1914 and entered the import avocado industry in 1991 to accommodate the growing demand for avocados. Visit www.IndexFresh.com for more information.