Christopher Ranch expanding organic program

With a long, six decades-plus family tradition of working with garlic, Christopher Ranch is a leading grower, packer and shipper of California garlic for the fresh market. It has more than 5,000 acres of row crops including garlic, Bell peppers and shallots.

As Christopher Ranch prepares for its upcoming garlic harvest, behind the scenes, the Gilroy, CA-based company is working on updating its website, and that’s just one of the things those at the company are excited about this year.

Later this month, a large contingent of Christopher Ranch employees will head to Monterey for the annual PMA Foodservice Conference, a favorite show among those at the company.

“This show is so important for Christopher Ranch — and we have been participating since the onset — as we see our valuable foodservice customers including both restaurant operators as well as distributors,” said Patsy Ross, marketing manager for the company. “It also gives us the opportunity to meet with potential new customers or new employees of customers we are already doing business with.”

Operating booth No. 907, the company will have numerous employees in attendance, including Eric Kraus, Los Angeles warehouse manager; Jason Minici, foodservice sales in Los Angeles; Anthony DeAngelis, director of the Northeast division; and Rick Dyer, foodservice and institutional sales.

“Attendees of the Expo can expect to see Christopher Ranch’s new crop of California Heirloom Garlic, California Shallots, Pearl Onions, Cipolline Onions, Roasted Garlic cloves and Organic items,” Ross said. “All of our items offer the foodservice customers quality, dependability, year-round availability and unsurpassed food safety adherence.”

Meeting with other growers and shippers is always a great learning experience for Christopher Ranch employees, as they can discuss challenges and solutions and share ideas and best practices. It’s always a great time to talk about the latest buzz in the industry.

“Organics continue to be a hot topic many of our customers want to discuss, and we are expanding our organic’s program annually and are thrilled to offer California Organic Garlic all year round,” Ross said. “The summer months are very exciting for us here at Christopher Ranch. It’s not only our harvest time, but time for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, so we are very busy but having a lot of fun.”