Tanimura & Antle excited for upcoming OPS
Tanimura & Antle was an early adopter of organics and brought back a strong core organics program of organic romaine hearts, organic celery, organic celery hearts, organic cauliflower and organic broccoli in 2017.
“Offering those items organically allows our valued customers to load more items when picking up their orders for efficiency,” said Brian Antle, executive vice president of sales for the Salinas, CA-based company. “Our newly invigorated and re-structured sales team is thrilled for the year ahead. More than ever, we’re looking forward to providing quality, service and innovation to our customers and continuing to lead the industry in innovation, sustainability and premium fresh produce.”
Tanimura & Antle is excited to be returning to the Organic Produce Summit in person this year as the lunch co-sponsor and exhibitor.
“Our sales team will be available at booth No. 327 to discuss our industry leading operation and organic product offerings,” said Antle. “The produce industry is built off of relationships. Without seeing many customers in person for coming up on two years, the industry just hasn’t felt the same.”
The fact that the Organic Produce Summit is also located in the company’s backyard provides Tanimura & Antle an opportunity to invite customers to tour its operations to learn first-hand everything it takes to bring produce from seed to shipping.
“We encourage customers attending the show to reach out to their sales account manager to schedule a tour,” Antle said. “We always look forward to seeing our customers in person and building relationships.”
There are a number of issues that those on the show floor will be talking about, and Antle expects that in addition to just catching up with people after so long, those discussions will be important for helping to solve some of the challenges the industry is facing.
“Costs are continuing to rise across the board for grower shippers,” he said. “That paired with coming out of the last 1.5-plus years of a world pandemic, corrugated material and pallet shortages, romaine advisories, fires and more, a huge hot topic we plan to push forward and lead within the industry is the importance of educating our customers with the goal of raising produce prices at the store level to help create a sustainable business model.”
From April to October, the company grows produce on ranches stretching from Castroville to Soledad in California. Then from November to March, it farms in Yuma, AZ, the Imperial Valley and Oxnard, CA, with celery ranches in Oxnard continuing to grow through June. In between these two main growing seasons, Tanimura & Antle leverages farmland in Huron, CA.
Additionally, Tanimura & Antle grows premium fresh lettuces at its state-of-the-art greenhouses in Livingston, TN.
This rotation schedule ensures not only premium quality products, but surety of supply for its customers and consumers.