Tissue Culture

Pico endeavored into the intricacies of Tissue Culture back in the 1990s, and today we have one of the region’s most advanced tissue culture labs. Our year round production of disease free and uniformed plants has resulted in an annual production capacity of 7 million plants, offering a wide variety of plants – from fruits plants and cut flowers to cut foliage, potted plants and flowers and ‘ex agar’ (washed) or hardened plants.

In addition to the challenging process of cultivating various plants through our tissue culture lab, Pico also has the facilities, know-how and staff to wean and root stage 3 tissue culture plants and deliver high quality plants in plugs to customers. We produce, grow and sell young plants from tissue culture, currings rooted in plugs and seeds.

Fruit Nurseries

With a goal to provide customers with high quality fruit trees unavailable in the market, Pico established a plant nursery in 1987. This plant and fruit nursery grew into a global establishment, as we work with plant breeders across the world to produce the latest varieties in plants and fruits.

From grapes, peaches and plums to pomegranate, mangoes, avocados and so much more, Pico’s fruit and plant nursery is able to supply a wide and delicious variety of produce. In addition to this, we also created Ever Green in order to complete assortment and serve different growers

Our deciduous fruit nursery

supplies:

  • Grapes (grafted on rootstock)
  • Peaches
  • Nectarine
  • Apricot
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Pomegranate

Our Ever Green nursery

supplies:

  • Mango
  • Olives
  • Loquat
  • Annona
  • Avocado

Quality Assurance

Constantly reviewing and enhancing our production and management processes and practices is key to ensure the quality and safety of our products. Our International Quality certifications are as follows:

  • Global GAP – TN11 – GRASP
  • BRC
  • FSSC 22000
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 14001
  • OHSAS 18001
  • Field to Fork F2F
  • SEDEX registered – ETI

Intellectual Property Rights

The IPR department at PICO is responsible for the following:

  • Innovating Agricultural products
  • Identifying & Piloting the cultivation of new varieties locally
  • Managing global breeder relations through contracts
  • Preventing unlawful usage of protected varieties
  • Implementation of sound traceability & Variety monitoring mechanisms
  • Technical support to sub licensee farmers through site visits in production and postproduction
    phases.

Breeding programs at PICO:

Grapes

  • Sun World
  • Grapa
  • IFG
  • Culdevco

Berries

  • Driscoll’s
  • EMCO CAL
  • Red Eva
  • Angus Soft

Fruit

  • CIV
  • FNM
  • Arkansas University

Stone Fruit

  • Sun World
  • Culdevco
  • Texas

Supply Chain & Logistics

Our high customer satisfaction rates at PICO is due to our focus on three main elements, quality, cost
and time. We achieve this through the following:

  • Pre-shipment surveys
  • Defined loading procedures & insured shipments
  • Pico Products stored at recommended temperatures
  • Temperature monitoring throughout journey
  • Loading processes executed to maintain cold chain
  • Cold chain transparent and controllable
  • Traceability system for produce tracking back to its plot in short timeframe
  • Unique traceability codes assist in evaluating produce from different plots
  • Clients advised based on traceability systems .

In addition through a proven network of agents we offer a wide service mix including freight forwarding, inland transportation, custom clearance, cold storing and distribution.

Pack Houses

With three state of the art pack houses across our farms, we sort and pack hundreds if not thousands of tons of fresh produce on a weekly basis in accordance to commercial demand. As we maintain the longevity of our produce’s shelf lives, we keep temperatures low by storing ready packed produce inside cooled stockrooms until leaving our packhouses.

Across our x3 pack houses, we employ a total of 750 individuals working with a total of 16 production lines simultaneously on a daily basis.

With our commercial team and pack houses integrated with our automated ERP system, we maximize our efficiency and guarantee consistency in volumes placed through inventory clarity and swift communication.

Sustainability

Persistent to stay mindful in our day to day practices by reducing waste, saving energy, and minimizing our carbon footprint. Some of our steps include:

  • Integrating a semi Automated irrigation system to maximize efficiency and consistency in water saving.
  • Automated ERP system to maximize accuracy with our inventory and commercial orders, to let no produce go to waste.
  • We abide by the Integrated Pest Management scheme and are annually audited to meet quality and safety standards.
  • Partnered with Dacom, our integrated data combined with our own in house weather station provides us with extremely accurate weather measurements, resulting in minimum use of pesticides and water saving.
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