A history of quality fruit.
A legacy of better fundraising.

In the winter of 1978, Woody’s parents began spending their winter months in the south Texas Rio Grand Valley.  Never one to sit still, Woody’s father was intrigued by citrus groves that were for sale.  He soon purchased one, and then another.  Before long, his holdings amounted to several hundred acres.

In search of a better market for their fruit, Minntex Citrus was born in January of 1981.  Woody, with brothers Bud and Chuck, began calling on groups and organizations to sell Texas grapefruit and oranges for fundraising projects—hence the name Minn-Tex.  The initial response was very encouraging, and the business was on its way.  After the brothers lost their father unexpectedly in 1983, most of the citrus groves were sold, but Minntex continued to provide fundraising organizations with high quality citrus directly from the packing houses, even though the family no longer owned the groves.

In addition to the original Texas citrus, Minntex pioneered a large assortment of pre-mixed fruit boxes in the early 1980s that included California navel oranges, several varieties of apples, and pears.  Cheese and sausage selections were added in the mid-80s to complement the fruit selections.  Over the years, the product line has continued to evolve to keep up with changing consumer tastes and trends.

In the summer of 2018, Minntex began work on an online platform that would forever change the way fundraising was done.  When the Covid-19 pandemic clouded landscape for schools and other youth organizations, myfruisale.com was ready.  Organizations now had the freedom to manage their entire fundraiser in a centralized location that everyone could access from their device.

Today, Minntex Citrus continues to be a family owned and operated company that specializes in meeting your fundraising needs.  We take pride in our program that delivers healthy, quality products at reasonable prices—a unique and special combination in the world of fundraising.

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A fundraising program you can be proud of.

Our approach is noticeably different from most of what you’ll find in the world of fundraising. Our mission is to provide our customers with a strategic combination of three things…Quality, Value, and Service. Here’s what we mean by that…

Quality: Over the years, we’ve built our reputation on the quality of our fresh fruit and meat/cheese/nut items. Our vendors know that our standards are high, and our experience has taught us who we can trust to provide the level of quality we desire for our customers. Nearly all our fruit is shipped directly to us from where it is packed. Many of our apples are independently inspected before they are even shipped to us. Upon arrival, we test and inspect them ourselves to make sure we’ve received what we ordered. 

The items in our “Especially for you…” brochure have been chosen not for a certain price point or profit margin, but because of their quality. For example, we’ve chosen to feature Pine River’s award winning “cold pack” cheese spreads. This type of spread is more expensive than the alternative, but it’s a far superior product.

Value: We understand that many (if not most!) of the fundraising options available today result in consumers purchasing overpriced items that they may not even want, just for the sake of supporting an organization. When you partner with Minntex, you can sell products that your customers are going to buy anyway, and sell them at competitive prices. Our desire is to provide you with a program that your customers will look forward to year after year. It’s not uncommon for organizations that work with us to actually have their customers contact them!

Service: Whether you are a school teacher, or a parent volunteer, we know your life is busy. At Minntex, fundraising is all we do, and we want to make the process as simple as possible. In season, you’ll always get a live person on the phone, eager to make sure your questions are answered.

 

It’s the combination of quality, value and service that sets us apart. Other companies may do one or two of these things well, but we are not aware of another company that matches Minntex in all three areas.  We desire to invest in long term relationships with our customers, helping you meet your fundraising goals year after year with renewable products you can sell with pride.

Committed to quality

We stand behind the quality of every product we sell. Our customers often tell us that the fruit we deliver is of noticeably better quality than what they can purchase locally. With Minntex, you can't wait until it's fundraising season again.

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