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Grimmway Farms

Grimmway Farms is the largest grower, producer, and shipper of carrots in the world.[1] It is headquartered in Bakersfield, California, and has been family owned and operated for more than 40 years. Grimmway's divisions include Grimmway Farms, Cal-Organic Farms, Bunny-Luv, and Bunny-Luv Organic. Its operations are in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, and Washington.[2] The company has been recognized for popularizing the baby carrot.[3]

History

Grimmway Farms was established in the mid-1960s when brothers Rodney Grimm and Robert Grimm started farming five acres of sweet corn on their grandfather's chicken farm in Anaheim, California.[3] Through the years, they added other crops, which they sold alongside the corn in small family-run roadside produce stands. In the early 1980s, after the concept of baby carrots was successfully test-marketed by another company in Los Angeles, the Grimm brother relocated to Kern County and began processing baby carrots. By 2002, the company was able to process millions of pounds of baby carrots a day.[4]

In 1991, Grimmway Farms began expanding into different areas of agriculture with the acquisition of Belridge Farms (citrus).[5] The expansion continued with the acquisition of Mike Yurosek & Sons, another carrot processing company, in the early 1990s.[6]

In 1998, company president Rodney Grimm died of cancer at the age of 51. Robert Grimm then took over as company president. During his tenure, Grimmway Farms began buying other companies. By 2000, it had reportedly grown into a $350-million operation with five plants in the United States, and products shipping to more than 20 countries.[3] In 2001, Grimmway Farms purchased King Pak Farms, a potato growing, packing, and shipping operation in Edison, California.[7]

On March 17, 2006, Robert Grimm died of a heart attack.[3] He had served on the association's board since 1988. Following Robert Grimm's death, Jeff Meger, the Grimm's nephew and company vice president, took over as president of Grimmway Farms. In 2016, he was replaced by Jeff Huckaby.[8]

The sons of founders Rod and Bob Grimm work for the company as well. Brandon Grimm, son of Bob Grimm, started at Grimmway in 2006 and is currently the General Manager of Organic Operations. His younger brother Brett Grimm works in Organic Sales and his cousin Bryan Grimm also works for the company.[9]

Products

Grimmway Farms handles 10 million pounds of carrots a day and grows over 40,000 acres of carrots.[10][11] Other Grimmway products include carrot juice concentrate and carrot juice based products used in soup bases, vegetable blends, condiment formulation, and flavor additives.[12] Grimmway's processed carrots are kosher certified (when applicable).[13] Cal-Organic Farms, Grimmway Farms' organic division, produces sixty-five year-round crops including: carrots, leeks, broccoli, and lettuce.[7] Organic products are certified through CCOF, a recognized third-party approved by the USDA.[14]

References

  1. ^ McCarthy, Sky (2014-01-07). "The truth behind baby carrots". Fox News. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ jcox@bakersfield.com, JOHN COX. "Grimmway names new president". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b c d Nelson, Valerie J. (2006-03-24). "Robert Grimm, 54; Began Baby Carrot Boom". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Pursell, Carroll (2012-06-19). Technology in Postwar America: A History. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231511896. 
  5. ^ "UPDATED: Paramount buys Grimmway's citrus assets". Packer. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Mike Yurosek, 82, Farmer Who Invented Baby Carrots - The New York Sun". www.nysun.com. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ a b "Organics are fueling growth at Grimmway Farms". The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Donnel, Jessica (2016-02-11). "Grimmway Farms Names Jeff Huckaby as New Company President". And Now U Know. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "The GRIMM WAY". www.thesnack.net. 2016-09-12. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ McCarthy, Sky (2014-01-07). "The truth behind baby carrots". Fox News. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ Californian, The Bakersfield. "Grimmway Farms dishes on its produce". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Editor, Kevin T. Higgins, Managing. "Yesterday's Waste, Tomorrow's Profits". Food Processing. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Product Search - OU Kosher Certification". OU Kosher Certification. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Member directory | CCOF - Organic certification, education and outreach, advocacy and leadership since 1973". www.ccof.org. Retrieved . 

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