Section 73254. (Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 494, Sec. 1.)
Cite as: Cal. Food & Agric. Code §73254.
Any direct consumer communication purchases qualifies for brand credit when determined by the commission to be in accordance with the following criteria:
(a)As defined by the commission, direct consumer communication purchases shall prominently display, or otherwise state, the words “California Navel Oranges” in the advertisement. A cooperative handler or independent handler who markets navel oranges from California and Arizona and funds its brand advertising program through funds collected from all producers, and who prominently displays or otherwise states the words “California-Arizona Navel Oranges” in the advertisement, is entitled to brand credit.
(b)Except for the County of Ventura, subdivision (a) does not apply to outdoor media advertising located in counties with more than 1,000 acres of bearing navel oranges in commercial production. In that county, an amount not to exceed 10 percent of a consumer communications expenditure shall be entitled to brand credit.
(c)Direct consumer communications qualifies for brand credit when depicting more than one variety or type of citrus fruit so long as the credit is calculated on a prorated basis giving credit only for that portion of the program which promotes navel oranges in accordance with this section.
(d)To qualify for brand credit, the person or entity applying for brand credit shall submit a plan indicating the general size and scope of the activities for which brand credit will be claimed. However, information regarding the timing and location of the activities shall be considered confidential and need not be submitted. Upon presentation of the plan, the commission shall indicate within 30 days whether the program complies with this chapter and is therefore entitled to brand credit as provided for in this chapter. If all, or any portion, of a program does not comply, as determined by the commission, the commission shall advise the applicant for brand credit, in writing, the reasons for its decision. Any such decision is appealable under Section 73302.
(e)Any producer or handler, on behalf of a producer member, who requests brand credit shall furnish documents and records in support of the request at a time and in a manner prescribed by the commission.