Following a year where Top Brass kicked off its organic program with Sugraone, Thompson, Scarlet Royal, and Flame organic grapes, the Bakersfield, CA-based company continues to invest in acreage for its fruits and vegetables as the business continues to grow.
“We have also made very good strides with our sustainability efforts and our objective to be good stewards of the land we farm here in California,” said Brett Dixon, president of Top Brass. “The organic sector as a whole continues to see the largest increases by percentage. We grow both organic potatoes and organic grapes for Canada.”
While Top Brass won’t be attending this year’s CPMA since it intervenes with the beginning of its potato harvest, it sends good wishes to all of its Canadian customers and Dixon notes the harvest looks particularly good this year and the company is looking forward to supplying the needs of consumers throughout the country.
“CPMA has always been an important part of Top Brass as has Canada as a whole in regard to our presence in general,” he said. “Canada continues to be one of our most important destinations as the fruit and vegetable per capita consumption in Canada is so high.”
Top Brass grows and sells high-quality conventional and organic potatoes and table grapes in Canada.
“Canadian customers seem to really appreciate the quality of our fruits and vegetables,” Dixon said. “We are continuing to see growth in all of these products and look for this to grow with our partners in the future.”
Similar to other growers out West, water has been the biggest buzzword over the last year, and Top Brass growers were happy to see rain come a bit more often over the last six months.
“Our rainfall this year has helped considerably as has the snow pack; however, we need many more years of this to impact the future crops and the demand for growing our most important resources,” Dixon said. “Thankfully, water conservation efforts by farmers have also improved over the past decade or so, regardless of what the mainstream media might have you believe.”
The company continues to look for opportunities to expand, yet sees others in the area going the other way.
“We have noticed quite a bit of our neighboring farms that have reduced acreage considerably so demand should continue to be strong,” Dixon said. “As a third-generation family farm we are committed to growing fresh produce in California for generations to come. We are vertically integrated. We own the land, farm the produce, harvest the produce, package it, cool it and ship it. There are no outside growers involved in our operation so we have a hands-on family owned approach that can react to any situation quickly as opposed to so many more corporate structures.”
With its customers in mind, the company is constructing a new office building in the vineyard next to its cold storage facility to bring together all of its administrative staff into the same office as the field staff and sales operations.
“This will streamline the company as a whole and give everyone access to the on-site operations,” Dixon said. “We feel that this will benefit our customers through increased communication and efficiency on our end.”
Looking ahead, Top Brass plans to continue to evolve, grow and listen to consumer demands.
“We continue to focus on our ongoing sustainability efforts to ensure that we will be able to farm for future generations,” Dixon said.