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The company hires one and promotes one

SALINAS, CA (Feb. 14, 2018) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor, True Leaf Farms, recently made additions to its sales department team.

Lisa Dennis was promoted to assistant sales manager. In her new role, Dennis is responsible for supporting in-house sales staff and reports to Tom Bramers, sales manager.

Dennis has been with the company 10 years and has been in the produce industry 20 years having started in the business in her family’s transportation company before working at Ocean Mist Farms, Dole and Colorful Harvest.

Another produce industry veteran, Bobby Nunes, joins the Church Brot...

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The company hires lead for quality and food safety programs

SALINAS, CA (Nov. 8, 2017) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor, True Leaf Farms, hired De Ann Davis as vice president of food safety and quality.

In her new role, Davis is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of food safety and quality programs across all farming, harvesting and processing operations in the United States and Mexico. Davis reports to CEO Brian Church.

Prior to joining Church Brothers, she was the vice president, quality and food safety at Earthbound Bound Farm and chief food safety officer at Kraft Foods. In addition, Davis held progressiv...

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SALINAS, Calif. – Oct. 31, 2017 – Church Brothers Farms received several awards from customers recently, including the 2017 SYSCO Gold Produce Supplier Award.The Sysco gold award highlights supplier efforts such as sales, margin and case growth, as well as subjective criteria such as sales support and category management engagement.As part of the award, the Church Brothers Farms team attended Sysco Corporation’s Supplier Recognition Event on Oct. 24 in Houston.“We are honored by Sysco’s recognition,” Jeff Church, vice president of sales, said. “They are an important customer and this was a team effort earned by Church Brothers Farms and True Leaf Farms.&rdqu...

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Company employee to participate in fourth Tour de Fresh

SALINAS, CA (July 17, 2017) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower-owned processor/shipper of a line of fresh vegetable and salads for the foodservice channel will participate in several activities leading up and related to, the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey.

To start the weekend, Jeff Church, vice president of sales, will participate for the fourth year in the Tour de Fresh 2017, a 275-mile bike ride from Pismo Beach to Monterey to raise money for school salad bars.

During the week prior to the PMA Expo; the company will hold field and plant tours including its innovative Clean Power Station, a c...

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Company makes additional hires in the sales department

SALINAS, CA (July 7, 2017) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower-owned processor/shipper of a line of fresh vegetable and salads, announced the return of Ernst van Eeghen to the company as vice president of business development.

Van Eeghen was previously with the company as the director of marketing and product development from 2007 to 2014. After leaving Church Brothers, he was director of sales and marketing at Germains Seed Technology in Gilroy, Calif., and director of marketing at Twang Partners in San Antonio, Texas. He was also previously employed by Mann Packing.

As vice president of business development van Eeghen is res...

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Concentric power cogeneration helps company gain energy independence

SALINAS, CA (June 28, 2017) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading grower-owned processor/shipper of a full line of fresh vegetables with an in-house farming/harvest program, unveiled today its Clean Power Station, a cogeneration system, as part of the 2017 Forbes AgTech Summit field tour at the True Leaf Farms processing plant in San Juan Bautista, Calif.

Cogeneration, also known as cogen or Combined Heat and Power (CHP), is the production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source. Powered by a natural gas fueled engine, a cogeneration system is a highly efficient way of capturing heat t...

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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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