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Salinas, CALIF (June 22, 2017) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower-owned fresh vegetable processor, named Brian Church as new chief executive officer.

Church has been with the company since it formed in 1999. His passion has been on the farming side of the business and as a result he went on to form the company’s ag operations. Over the years he founded and developed CB Harvesting that combined with the company’s farming efforts consists of more than 1,000 employees. Most recently, Church led expansion of the company’s ag operations into Central and Northern Mexico.

As incoming CEO, Church will first focus on the company’s continued growth, regional processing and innovation. Harvest automation is one ...

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Salinas, CALIF (January 16, 2017) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower owned processor, promoted Josh Ruiz to vice president of ag operations.

As part of his promotion, Ruiz will report to the CEO and Drew McDonald, vice president, quality, food safety and regulatory affairs.

Ruiz’ previous title at Church Brothers Farms was director of harvest innovation. In his new role, he will be responsible for all farming and harvesting operations with the goal of leading both areas into a new age of innovation and automation.

“Josh is passionate about farming and he puts his passion first and foremost and will compromise nothing in its pursuit,” McDonald said. “Josh is constantly thinking about the next generatio...

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SALINAS, CA (Nov. 7, 2016) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower/processor/shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, rebuilt its website to offer all site visitors new features, content and an enhanced experience.

The company has been working on the project for almost a year; the new, fully responsive site has over 100 product pages that coordinate with its full product line offering.

“We strengthened our SEO and navigation design to make it easier for the search engines and site visitors to find relevant content,” said Kori Tuggle, vice president of marketing.

Other new functionalities include the ability to view the site in three languages Spanish, French and English; all company social media chann...

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SALINAS, Calif. – Oct. 18, 2016 – Tom and Steve Church, chairman of the board and CEO of Church Brothers Farms respectively, received the Produce Marketers for All Seasons award from The Packer at the Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Church Brothers Farms, based in Salinas, Calif., is a vertically integrated, multi-family owned and operated company that farms in California, Arizona and Central Mexico and produces hundreds of fresh vegetable products. The company has an in-house farming/harvest program and state of the art processing plant, True Leaf Farms, in San Juan Bautista.

In presenting the award, the Packer staff said the Church family is an institution in Salinas ...

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New diced broccoli stem product reduces food waste

SALINAS, CA (Oct. 10, 2016) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower/processor/shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, will launch two products and feature new packaging at the PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando in booth 1029.

The company developed a new value-add broccoli stem product with the goal of reducing food waste and increasing grower yields. Our diced broccoli stem blend does both, said Kori Tuggle, vice president of marketing.

“Broccoli is highly nutritious and adds great color and flavor to food,” Tuggle said. “Our partners are excited about the convenience these items bring to their operations; both save labor and food waste.”

Cleaned and cored Redy-Pep™ Peppers is the second it...

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Three company employees to participate in Tour de Fresh

SALINAS, CA (July 25, 2016) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower/processor/shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, will participate in several activities leading up and related to, the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey.

To start the weekend, three company employees (Team Church) will participate in the Tour de Fresh 2016 192-mile bike ride from Napa to Monterey to raise money for school salad bars.

This is the third year Jeff Church, vice president sales, will ride and the second for Chuck Church, media manager, and Drew McDonald, vice president food safety. At the

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Salinas, CALIF (April 12, 2016) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower/processor/shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, will be offering organically-grown produce as part of its overall product offering starting May 1.

The company is offering organically-grown produce to meet growing consumer demand that can be felt in the foodservice channel, said Steve Church, CEO.

“We view organics as completing our overall product line and something our customers asked for,” Church said.

The company’s organic product line will start with spring mix, baby kales, wild arugula and baby spinach.

“These items are a starting point for us and we intend to expand our organic offerings and volume over time as we grow t...

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Company funds scholarship program with $100,000

Salinas, CALIF (April 8, 2016) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower/processor/shipper created a scholarship program for eligible students who wish to obtain undergraduate/postgraduate college education, attend a certificate course, or seek trade skill development.

The new Church Brothers-True Leaf Farms Scholarship was created to benefit the immediate family members of company employees, said Steve Church, CEO. The purpose is to promote learning and enhance the quality of life for company employees and their children.

To qualify, the employee must:• Have been employed by Church Brothers Farms or True Leaf Farms for at least one year;• Be actively employed at the time th...

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Salinas, CALIF (Feb. 22, 2016) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower/processor/shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, will display its full line of value added items at SEPC 2016 in booth #503 including Kale Color Crunch, a new item that is building sales in the United States and Canada.

In addition, the company will debut a new item, Baby Kale Medley, a blend of black-green and red baby kale leaves with wild arugula in a 3x1-pound bag now selling to the foodservice channel. Arugula gives the layered blend a mild nutty to peppery flavoring combined with the earthy flavor of baby kale.

Jeff Church, vice president of sales, said the strength of attending this regional show is in the ability it affords to connect with cust...

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Salinas, CALIF (Jan. 25, 2016) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower/processor/shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, is restructuring its sales department to better serve its customers as the company continues its growth.

As part of the restructure, Tom Bramers was promoted to sales manager. In the new position, the sales team, commodity managers and appointment loading teams – a total of 20 – now report to Bramers.

Bramers has been in the fresh produce industry since 1993 and has worked at Church Brothers Farms since 2009. Prior to joining the company, he worked for Merrill Farms and River Ranch. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in agribusiness; and is the nephew of company co-fou...

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