Giovanni Cavaletto

Giovanni Cavaletto

VP of Sourcing

Giovanni’s great-grandparents came to California at the turn of the twentieth century and farmed in Santa Barbara County. He grew up on an avocado and lemon farm in Nipomo where he also leased and developed orchards.  Giovanni worked as Index’s representative in Urapan and Michoacan, Mexico during the mid 1990s.  He has served as an Index field representative and currently is Vice-President of Sourcing, traveling throughout the growing regions of California and Latin America.  His practical experience is supported by advanced degrees in both agriculture and business. Giovanni’s understanding of agriculture, grower’s challenges and the greater avocado industry is a tremendous asset to growers and trading partners.

Telephone: (909) 289-7731 Email: gcavaletto@indexfresh.com
Keith Blanchard

Keith Blanchard

California Field Coordinator

Keith is a native of Orange County with 19 years in the avocado industry. He has extensive experience both in the field and in the packinghouse. Keith’s understanding of all facets of the avocado distribution channel make him a great resource for growers in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Telephone: (951) 676-8696 Mobile: (760) 514-7734 Fax: (951) 693-4097 Email: kblanchard@indexfresh.com
Gary Nichols

Gary Nichols

Fieldman

A third generation farmer, Gary still farms his family’s avocado and lemon orchards in the Santa Clara River Valley. He is one of Index Fresh’s Ventura fieldman. With a lifetime of agricultural experience and over 30 years as a fieldman, Gary has witnessed the rapid growth of the California avocado industry first-hand. To stay up-to-date on the newest ideas and methods, he has visited every major avocado growing region in the world. Gary formally served on the Production Research Committee and is a former member of the Avocado Inspection Committee.

Telephone: (805) 659-4929 Mobile: (805) 657-1747 Fax: (805) 659-4958 Email: gnichols@indexfresh.com
Bailey Diioia

Bailey Diioia

Fieldman

Bailey grew up on a small avocado grove in Carpinteria. Following a successful baseball career which finished at Sacramento State he turned his focus back to agriculture. During a four month internship with cut flowers in El Salvador and Guatemala, Bailey lived with a family that had a small grove. His first professional experience with avocados came in Carpinteria where he worked with a farm manager and connected with Index Fresh. Bailey has a BA in Communications from Sacramento State University, a degree in Horticulture from American River College and is an Alumni of the California Agriculture Leadership Foundation Program.

Mobile: (805) 570-9720 Email: bdiioia@indexfresh.com
Giuseppe Bonfiglio

Giuseppe Bonfiglio

Fieldman

A California native, Giuseppe has worked in the produce industry in Arroyo Grande since 2003 and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Central America. He studied business economics and international studies at UCSB and is bilingual – fluent in Italian and English.

Mobile: (805) 341-3059 Fax: (805) 481-6389 Email: gbonfiglio@indexfresh.com
Jose Avina

Jose Avina

Fieldman

A Fallbrook native, Jose has worked around avocados his whole life. His father was in the avocado industry, and Jose, prior to joining Index Fresh in 1993, ran a harvesting crew with his brother. Headquartered in Temecula, Jose helps manage Index’s avocado business from Central to Southern California, to the Inland Empire.

Telephone: (951) 676-8696 Mobile: (909) 213-0595 Fax: (909) 693-4097 Email: javina@indexfresh.com
Lisa Strickland

Lisa Strickland

Field Food Safety

Lisa, a California native, grew up in the farming community of Clovis.  She joined Index Fresh in 2016.  Her experience includes many years in Food Safety Management in the Organic leafy green industry and Production Coordinator in the Seed Industry.  Her role with Index Fresh is to ensure, and assist growers with developing and maintaining food safety programs and policies and assist with GFSI certification.

Mobile: (951) 315-8785 Email: Lstrickland@indexfresh.com