Grower story

Don Ricardo

Peru

Agricola Don Ricardo sets itself apart through the products it grows, and the way it takes care of the people where it grows them.

Well over half of the roughly 1,000 hectares at Don Ricardo are producing grapes, with about 85 percent of that land planted in seedless varieties. In contrast, the overwhelming majority of the Peruvian grape industry produces Red Globes, a seeded variety less popular in key markets, making Don Ricardo’s high quality fruit a good fit for Oppy and our North American retail customers.

Don Ricardo also grows avocados, citrus, and a new blueberry project that will soon include 22 hectares. All these products are packed in two locations on the property, and marketed virtually globally in the Cadime brand. The operation was founded in 1996 by Don Ricardo Briceño and Rafael Ibarguren, who is a second-generation grape grower in Ica.

The family spirit of the company reaches beyond the fields to touch the community in many ways. The grower supports teacher education programs proven to improve student reading skills, undertakes agriculture-based technical training and facilitates motivational seminars for young people, as well as community health programs. They have also helped establish nearly 30 child care locations, where workers’ children enjoy a safe environment with meals and education.