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AvoTerra Avocados
Operations Staff
Giovanni Cavaletto – Vice President, Sourcing
Giovanniís great-grandparents came to California at the turn of the nineteenth century and farmed in Santa Barbara County. He grew up on an avocado and lemon farm in Nipomo. He has developed and managed orchards, worked as Indexís representative in Mexico, served as an Index field representative and currently is Vice-President of Operations. His practical experience is supported by advanced degrees in both agriculture and business. Giovanniís understanding of agriculture, growerís challenges and the greater avocado industry is a tremendous asset to growers and trading partners.

Field Staff

Our field staff certainly knows the lay of the land. They plant and raise avocado trees themselves, and they use their expertise to guide growers through the ins and outs of the industry. If you need market information, help estimating crop size or developing harvest strategies, or tips on scheduling harvest crews to insure the timely delivery and pick up of bins, contact a member of our field staff.

Gary Nichols
gary Nichols
Ventura County

A third generation farmer, Gary still farms his family’s avocado and lemon orchards in the Santa Clara River Valley while acting as 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 currently serves 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: Gary Nichols

Bailey DiIoia
Bailey DiIoia
Ventura County

Bailey turned his focus to agriculture after he injured his arm playing baseball for Sacramento State. 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 is a recent graduate from the 16 month Agriculture Leadership Foundation Program, has a BA in Communications from Sacramento State University, and a degree in Horticulture from American River College.

Mobile: (805) 570-9720
Email: Bailey Diioia

Jose Avina
Jose AvinaSan Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and the San Joaquin Valley

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: Jose Avina

Giuseppe Bonfiglio
Giuseppe BonifiglioSanta Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

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: Giuseppe Bonfiglio

Keith Blanchard
Giuseppe BonifiglioSan Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

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. Keithís 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: Keith Blanchard