The Klamath Basin is an area straddling Northern California
and Southern Oregon. With an elevation of 4200 feet
above sea level, the Klamath Basin provides an ideal
climate of warm days and cool nights for growing potatoes.
Cal-Ore Produce is located approximately 25 miles southeast
of Klamath Falls, which is the major city in the area.
and Malin, Oregon and Tulelake and Newell, California
are four small farming communities in the Basin in which
Cal-Ore Produce grows potatoes. With a grower base of
18 Family Farms, producing over 3200 acres of potatoes,
Cal-Ore Produce is by far the largest Grower/Packer/Shipper
in the Klamath Basin. Our large local acreage base enables
us to pack and ship potatoes most of the 12 months of
a calendar year. Through the cooperation of our Family
Farms and due to our close proximity to major markets,
we're able to maintain a substantial presence in the
fresh potato industry. The small Family Farm has the
ability to emphasize quality in the production of a
potato crop, and because of this, Cal-Ore Produce claims
to be one of the highest quality potato growers in the
Next day delivery is an important facet of the produce
industry. The location of the Klamath Basin, and the
easy access to major modern highways, place Cal-Ore
Produce and many of our customers in this enviable position.
This next day delivery advantage allows our customers
to maintain smaller, fresher inventories.
Many potato-shipping areas in the West struggle with
shipments due to transportation shortages caused by
inclement weather. Snow and cold is the most common
offenders. Though we have our share of winter snows,
we also have an abundance of sunshine. It is a rare
occurrence when a winter shipment fails to transit because
The Cal-Ore Produce packing facility is located on
U.S. Highway 161, just north of Tulelake, California.
The building consists of 20,000 square feet of packing
and administrative space, 9600 square feet of common
storage, and over 18,000 square feet of refrigerated
Our packing lines employ some of the most modern packaging
equipment available, manned by a well established, experienced
grading crew. With daily raw packing capacity of over
350 tons of potatoes, Cal-Ore Produce packs and ships
over 1,500,000 hundred weight, or 150,000,000 pounds
of potatoes annually. That's 300,000,000 eight (8) ounce
servings. These numbers reflect only half of the facility's
Anyone can pack, but not everyone can pack Quality.
Our minimum packing and quality standards are regulated
by Federal and State rules. We have a fulltime Federal/State
Inspector at our facility at all times. It's the inspector's
responsibility to insure that all minimum requirements
Beyond MINIMUM, we've personally taken a larger step.
Beginning in the fall of 2001, Cal-Ore Produce began
the various processes for meeting the highest standards
of Quality and Food Safety, as prescribed by the United
States Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department
of Agriculture. Through these programs, which are monitored
under the auspices of Federal and State agencies, Cal-Ore
Produce offers its customers documented certification
illustrating our determination to be not only the Best,
but also, the Safest fresh potato Grower/Shipper/Packer
in our industry. We guarantee the integrity of our product
from the time the seed is planted, through the growing,
harvesting, storing, packing, and shipping, until it
arrives safely to your door....from Farm to Fork.
Good growers, good packer, good shipper, and good customers
are a great formula for sound business. We pride ourselves
in having the finest group of potato growers in the
Klamath Basin. With exceptional farm product available
to Cal-Ore Produce, our strict quality and sizing standards
are more easily attained. Our shipping dock is open
from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.
until noon on Saturdays. Beyond these shipping hours,
we try to make accommodations for emergencies. Our customer
base is built on "Cadillac Accounts" which
demand the highest quality. Our response to this demand
is the production of a "Cadillac" product.
We rarely have a quality issue. In the event a customer
is dissatisfied with a shipment, for whatever reason,
within 48 hours of delivery, we'll pick it up. We're
this confident in our product. No questions, no hassles,
no re-inspection required. We wish to have only satisfied
The Cal-Ore Produce packing shed is the most modern
and most efficient in the Klamath Basin. With our large
raw product inventory, we command the capacity to ship
more than 20 semi-loads daily. This gives us the advantage
of volume as well as quality. As an illustration, for
this packing season, Cal-Ore Produce will pack over
1,500,000 hundredweight of potatoes. From this quantity,
we'll have approximately 1,275,000 50# 5/10 and 10/5
bales available for our customer's demands. In addition
to this, we'll also have approximately 1,300,000 50#
cartons of U.S.#1's. Also, we'll pack approximately
200,000 hundredweight of U.S.#2 Bakers and U.S.#2 4
oz. to 9 oz., as well as over 180,000 hundredweight
of washed and graded process B size.
In order to ship 20 loads of potatoes daily, we need
dependable transportation at our disposal. This we have
in our transportation division, Carriage Overland Transportation.
Besides truck transport, we also offer refrigerated
rail service originating through the Union Pacific Railroad.
Quality without uniform sizing is not quality. Whether
you're in the Retail Industry or the Food Service Industry,
uniform size and count are paramount. We size-and-count
to individual customer specifications. If a customer
has an attainable specification, we can and will pack
it. Again, we wish to have only satisfied customers.
"Nature's Pride" and "John O'"
are Cal-Ore's premier labels. Both labels are regarded
as "highly reliable" in the fresh industry.
Besides these standard premium labels, Cal-Ore Produce
packs private labels for both retail and food service.
This accommodation for a special pack, size, and label
is available to all of our customers.
Cal-Ore Produce Incorporated is a resilient, dependable
business partner. "Through snow or rain or gloom
of night", through suspicious scientific opinion
or political edict, Cal-Ore Produce makes every effort
to accommodate our customer's demand. Your successful
business is our successful business. Our focus is you.