In 1995, Bruce Taylor and several partners founded Taylor Fresh Foods. A new company with a new vision was born – to be North America’s favorite maker of salads and healthy fresh foods. We’ve come a long way since our humble roots, and we continue to grow our business with care and purpose like we do our products. It is thanks to our team’s dedication that we are able to make wholesome fresh foods that nourish families across the country. A family-owned and founder-led company to this day, we are proud that we are able to build for long-term success with our customer and supplier partners while being responsible stewards of the resources that we use. Our products are made with earth’s honest ingredients, and none of the nonsense. We are committed to being a force for good in the world and we cherish the opportunity to deliver healthy and delicious fresh foods to our consumers while protecting the land that feeds us.
GLOBALG.A.P. is a leading global certification program whose mission is to bring farmers and retailers together to produce and market safe food, protect scarce resources, and build a sustainable future. With more than 700 certified products and over 200,000 certified producers in more than 135 countries, we have a sound foundation that is both solid enough to build trust and integrity and flexible enough to spur innovation and excellence. For fruit and vegetable production, we offer a range of farm assurance solutions to meet market needs, including certificates recognized by GFSI and required by global export markets. GLOBALG.A.P. North America staff are devoted to providing support within the USA and Canada markets.
Cathy Carlson is a private consultant for Ag food safety programs of all sizes. She brings a diverse background of program management, regulatory experience and sustainable farming. She has spent the past few years working as a Quality Assurance and Food Safety Manager for the fresh cut produce industry in the Central Coast area. Prior to that she worked for state and federal agencies as a policy regulator and agriculture research aide. Her experience with preparing farm and facility food safety programs with audit agencies such as CDFA, USDA, LGMA, GlobalG.A.P., Primus GF, PCHF and SQF have helped her to assist and advise farmers and facilities with the requirements of buyers and the food safety modernization act. She is also a graduate and adjunct instructor of the Hartnell Food Safety program. Thank you, Cathy
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Our company started as part of iDecisionSciences(iDS), a Seattle-based consulting practice — whose principals first came to the produce food safety scene in 2006 following the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with spinach.
In the ensuing years, iDS worked closely with national and regional produce associations to develop food safety best practices and metrics for leafy greens as well as other major produce commodities. Out of this work, iFoodDecisionSciences, Inc. was launched to provide software solutions that produce companies need to manage the extensive data requirements of their food safety programs.
iFoodDecisionSciences (iFoodDS) was formed in 2013
in recognition of the industry’s need to move beyond static safety records to a dynamic platform that could enable proactive safety practices and real-time management of risks across the food supply chain for operations of any scale.
The combined company now offers a comprehensive food supply chain platform for food safety, traceability, and quality management. iFoodDS enables hundreds of participants across the global food supply chain – grower/shippers, packers, processors, distributors, foodservice and grocery retailers – to optimize the safety, quality, and value of their offerings with real-time supply chain visibility and the confidence they are supporting industry best practices.
This is ultimately about the consumer. iFoodDS software systems promote the advancement of continuous food safety and quality improvements on the farm, in processing facilities, and throughout the supply chain so consumers can reach for these healthy foods with confidence.
The Ag Land Trust was one of the first land trusts in the state of California founded to exclusively serve the needs of the agricultural community. The land trust partners with willing landowners to protect productive agricultural acreage primarily in Monterey County, but in neighboring counties as well. The Ag Land Trust was created with the interests of landowners in mind. Our primary goal is to protect agricultural land and increase awareness among farmers and ranchers about the use of easements and other conservation tools. https://www.aglandtrust.org/
The Foxy brand is four generations in the making. Since the early 1930s, the Nunes family has been practicing innovative farming methods in California’s Salinas Valley.
Bob and Tom Nunes pioneered the practice of film-wrapping lettuce in plastic for freshness after forming Nunes Brothers of California in 1966. After selling the company, Nunes Company, Inc. was formed in 1976.
Since then, farming acreage has increased to more than 20,000 crop acres in California, Arizona and Nevada as the Foxy brand was created to help introduce our produce to families throughout the United States and the world.
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It’s easy to take food safety for granted, and assume the standards were always high. In reality, standards were quite open to interpretation. But when it comes to bacteria, safe and unsafe is black and white. Standards needed to be reinforced by guidelines that ensured food remained safe from seed to sale.
AG Food Safety Solutions (AGFSS) grew out the need to remove food safety decisions from the corporate boardroom and connect them to farming realities. As a dialogue emerged between corporate buyers and agricultural producers, AGFSS became part of the conversation that shaped food safety guidelines that remain the standard today.
It would have been impossible to implement food safety without understanding life on a farm. After immigrating from Mexico, Gabriela Sandoval’s father was leased land by a farmer after his knack for crops like tomatoes and onions was clear. It didn’t take long before he was known as a top producer.
Growing up in the 1970’s running between the row crops and cherries, Gabriela watched her parents manage not only their farm but the contracting service that provided its labor, as well as the labor of surrounding agricultural partners.
With AG Food Safety Solutions now established, it’s time to focus on making life easier for agricultural producers via strong partnerships and emerging technologies.
International Fresh Produce Association PMA and United Fresh Have Created a New Association: International Fresh Produce Association. Our trade association represents companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain. We advocate, connect and guide to enhance members’ prosperity.
Our mission is to ADVOCATE by leading and driving change for our members and the produce and floral industry on the national and global stage. We create beneficial changes through action; CONNECT; and GUIDE.
Learn more at https://www.freshproduce.com/
Since 1928 the Braga family has been farming from the Salinas Valley. Well-known by shippers, processors, and now retailers, our name is synonymous with high quality organic and conventional fresh vegetables. We continue to mix innovation with tradition to grow, ship and process fresh vegetables year round. With +20 years of expanding our certified organic program and meeting the highest food safety standards, we are bringing our expertise, authenticity and standard of integrity to the retail market through Braga Farms and Josie’s Organics brands
AGQ Labs is one of the world's leading laboratories and technological centers. We have more than 20 years of experience in advanced analytical testing, agronomic consulting, specialized engineering, and environmental project management.
We deliver profitable and sustainable solutions to the world's leading companies and institutions in the agricultural, food, environmental, mining, and industrial sectors.
AGQ Labs has differentiated itself from other laboratories by using state-of-the-art instruments to perform services rapidly, accurately, and cost-effectively for customer needs. Through our international and accredited network of laboratories and R&D and consulting services, we get to the root of the problem by finding the most reliable, sustainable, and valuable solution.
Misionero specializes in Organic and Conventional; Specialty Salads, Washed and Trimmed Lettuces, Value-Added Vegetables, and Premium Kits. We love satisfying, good-for-you food and are always looking for new ways to combine fresh vegetables and the best of modern, exciting taste profiles.
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TRUE® is the worldwide leader in the diverse and innovative production of organic fertilizers. We are a family-owned business that respectfully treats our growers’ land as if it were our own. We are passionately dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality, safest and easiest to handle organic fertilizers developed exclusively to help you grow your business.
Headquartered in Castroville, California, Ocean Mist Farms is the largest grower of fresh artichokes in the United States. Farming artichokes year-round in three ideal California growing regions: Castroville, Oxnard and Coachella – plus Baja, California - each area is known for fertile ground and productive microclimates. Castroville is, in fact, known as "The Artichoke Capital of the World" and Artichokes were named the official state vegetable of California in 2013!
In addition to artichokes, Ocean Mist Farms grows a full line of premium, fresh vegetables year-round in multiple growing regions throughout California (Castroville, Huron, Oxnard, Coachella and Imperial Valley), Arizona (Yuma) and Mexico.
Our fresh produce is grown using both organic and conventional methods and can be found in fine grocery stores across North America.
Food safety continues to be the highest priority for Ocean Mist Farms. The health and safety of our customers always comes first. Our approach to food safety is holistic, taking full advantage of the vertical integration within our company to implement best practices at every stage of the production cycle, from planting all the way through harvesting, processing, cooling and distribution.
Through our rigorous food-safety principles and procedures, Ocean Mist Farms is able to provide our customers and consumers with not only the best quality products, but also products that are wholesome, nutritious, and safe.
We are committed to continuous improvement and will maintain our leadership role in research toward advancement in food safety and quality.
Factor IV Solutions, LLC. was founded in 2013 and is based out of Atascadero, CA. The company name refers to the four factors of sanitation Time, Temperature, Action, and Chemistry. While Factor IV Solutions is a leader in sanitation support services, we pride ourselves in supporting solutions for the entire food safety program. Our growing internal team and strategic partnerships have us solving in-field and processing challenges daily across North America.
Factor IV now has a dedicated team for second-party support of GAP’s, Harvester Sanitation, and Cut to Scale tracking with-in field employee support to help turn the data collected into knowledge and actions.
Comgro Soil Amendments is a family-operated company and we pride ourselves most on the quality and safety of our finished product. We know that through our more advanced composting process we can ensure that our product is ready to go into the fields. Here at Comgro, we provide a variety of composts, gypsum, lime, potting soil mixes, and topsoil mixes that will suit your needs. We also offer our custom spreading services to ensure that your soil is set up to your growing standards. Lastly, we offer a bulk manure removal service.
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California LGMA brings farmers together to make lettuce and leafy greens safer. The LGMA verifies food safety practices, enforces through government audits, and requires a commitment to continuous improvement. Working collaboratively with university and industry scientists, food safety experts, government officials, farmers, shippers and processors, the LGMA created a unique and rigorous science-based food safety system that protects public health by reducing potential sources of contamination and establishes a culture of food safety on the farm.
LGMA members are companies that ship and sell California-grown lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens products. The California LGMA has a sister program in Arizona that is almost identical. Working with hundreds of farmers throughout California and Arizona, LGMA members produce approximately 90% of the leafy greens grown in the U.S. – that adds up to over 50 billion servings of leafy greens each year! www.lgma.ca.gov
The first of our companies, Skyview Cooling Co. was founded by John B. Smith in 1970 after he purchased Sky Valley Ice & Refrigeration in Alamosa, CO and Las Cruces, NM.
The company expanded operations to Arizona in 1975 with seasonal plants in Willcox, Marana, Eloy, and Scottsdale. That same year it began its future in Yuma, recognizing the great opportunities in the vegetable industry.
Vic Smith, John's son, joined the company full time in 1975 after his studies at the University of Colorado, focusing on economics and business law. Vic became president in 1991 concentrating on new technologies to enhance quality delivery of fresh products to the marketplace.
Following Skyview Cooling, John and Vic continued to grow their interest in the agriculture industry and formed the following companies:
Today, the JV Smith Companies family includes thousands of people across California, Arizona, Colorado and Mexico. Following in the footsteps of their father, Vic’s son, Kyle Smith and daughter, Kristen Eshaya have also joined the leadership team. The JV Smith Companies team is committed to staying one step ahead of the industry by using innovative techniques, being diligent in our research and working cohesively as a team to ensure the safest, freshest, and most nutritious quality product possible.