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Produce grower-shipper surpasses 4,000 employee vaccinations

More committed than ever to ensuring a safe work environment for its employee-owners, Tanimura & Antle is proud to share that by April, more than 4,000 employees will have received the COVID-19 vaccine throughout its operating locations in California, Arizona and Tennessee. Working in coordination with organizations such as the Grower Shipper Association of Salinas, the National Guard, Ventura Public Health, the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) and other public health groups, Tanimura & Antle employees are receiving the vaccine in ever-increasing numbers. The company is making vaccinations a priority, procuring vaccinations for all employees interested in receiving the vaccination.

By April, more than 4,000 Tanimura & Antle employees will have received the COVID-19 vaccine throughout its operating locations in California, Arizona and Tennessee.

“We are not only advocating that our current employees get vaccinated before the end of our winter growing season, but we are encouraging employees who will be returning from layoff in our other growing regions as well,” said Carmen Ponce, vice-president of general counsel of labor. “The company and upper management team are incredibly proud and thankful for the members of our human resources department for undertaking the huge endeavor to vaccinate our workforce. This has entailed a great deal of personal outreach, education and myth busting, in addition to much coordination, planning and logistical support with our terrific health care and association partners.”

Right: Carmen Ponce

The vaccinations were prioritized for those 75 and older, then those 65 and older, and finally opened up to all employees working in agriculture. With support from the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), the company is hosting five on-site vaccination clinics through the next week at its headquarters in Spreckels, CA. The company vaccinated 375 employees at its first vaccination clinic this past Saturday, March 20th.

“As of the end of this week, all Tanimura & Antle employees have been given an opportunity to receive or be scheduled for a vaccination and that is a great feeling, knowing that a safety net has been cast for all willing to receive it,” says Kerry Varney, chief administrative office (CAO) of Tanimura & Antle. “We are truly grateful for our employees’ contributions during this challenging year and we are incredibly thankful we can offer this opportunity to them.”

Right: Kerry Varney

While the company has always held great pride in protecting and improving the lives of its workforce, the success of Tanimura & Antle stems directly from the collective effort of its employee-owners. The company provides options for full medical benefits, a 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching, seasonal bonuses, paid vacation, paid sick leave and competitive wages. In 2016, the company built employee housing, now named Spreckels Crossing, to provide employees with a safe, clean and affordable place to live. Today, Tanimura & Antle is proud to include its employees as business partners in its Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), which allows employees to be part owners of the company.

In addition to providing the COVID-19 vaccine free to employees, Tanimura & Antle was an early adopter of numerous safeguards to protect employees at the start of the pandemic.

For more information:
Ashley Pipkin
Tanimura & Antle
Tel: +1 (831) 455-3654 

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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