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On trend fresh vegetables to join existing family of products for foodservice

SALINAS, Calif. – July 15, 2019 – Church Brothers Farms is introducing three on-trend products, Sweet Baby Broccoli, Tuscan Baby Romaine and Sandwich Ready Leaves, at the 2019 PMA Foodservice Expo in booth 100.

Sweet Baby Broccoli is a new vegetable we are now growing for our foodservice customers with the Growers Express commodity farming program we acquired earlier this year,” said Kori Tuggle, vice president marketing/product development.

Available in a 10-pound loose field pack, the sweet flavor and tender stalks makes it a trending item for menus.

“It is a great addition to our offering...

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Industry veteran to lead retail program

SALINAS, Calif. – July 10, 2019 – Merritt Bruce, established fresh produce leader, joined Church Brothers Farms as vice president of retail business development.

Merritt Bruce comes to Church Brothers Farms from Growers Express along with nine other sales professionals as part of the company’s acquisition of the Growers Express’ commodity program. Their existing knowledge of the Green Giant Fresh program helped make a smooth transition for existing customers, said Jeff Church, vice president of sales.

“Merritt is well respected by the industry and it is a natural fit to have him join the rest of the Growers Express sales team who h...

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Church Brothers Farms and FiveStar Gourmet Foods partner in farming and innovation

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Steve Church, co-chairman of the board of Church Brothers Farms, received the 2018 Valley of the World Ag Leader Award from the National Steinbeck Center on Nov. 15 in Salinas, Calif. The annual Valley of the World Awards recognize key figures of the Salinas Valley agricultural industry. The award was presented by 2018 event co-chairs Susan Gill and Lorri Koster.


Award Ceremony Presenters Left to Right: Susan Gill, John D’Arrigo, Steve Church (Honoree) Lorri Nucci-Koster

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New staffer brings digital marketing and brand development expertise to company

Mary (Langford) Poma joined the marketing team at Church Brothers Farms, a leading fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor.

Poma has spent time with other produce companies in the Salinas Valley including Dole Fresh Vegetables and Ocean Mist Farms, where she developed expertise in digital marketing, brand development and campaign management.

“Mary is a well-regarded produce industry professional with more than six years of brand management, advertising development/execution and implementation of marketing campaigns,” said Kori Tuggle, vice president of marketing and product dev...

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SALINAS, CA (Oct. 15, 2018) – Church Brothers Farms, a leading fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor, True Leaf Farms, is building a new facility in Northern Mexico to increase the company’s year-round capacity.

The 110,000 square-foot plant is less than one mile from the international border in the town of San Luis Rio Colorado; and is located near other large American companies with manufacturing facilities in the area such as Constellation, Gulfstream, Kenworth and Honeywell.

The San Luis plant, as it is known, will employ approximately 250, and start by producing whole leaf lettuce, broccoli florets, iceless broccoli and green onions. The target opening date is end of 2018. Video footage of const...

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SALINAS, CA (Sept. 27, 2018) – Church Brothers Farms (CBF), a leading fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor, True Leaf Farms, hired a general manager to direct the company’s Mexico efforts.

Jonathan Harmon will be the general manager of all CBF Mexico operations. His previous experience includes work with Pricewaterhouse Cooper in the supply chain consultant group. Prior, Harmon was director of operations and was involved in supply chain operations at Mission Produce in California and Latin America.

“We are expanding and improving our Mexican operations to better serve our customers,” said Brian Church, company CEO. “Jonathan’s leadership will help us attain our short and long...

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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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