Tanimura & Antle Hires Chris Glynn as Director of Organics
- by Jordan Okumura
SALINAS, CA – Grower and shipper of premium fresh produce Tanimura & Antle has announced the appointment of Chris Glynn to the position of Director of Organics, looking to bolster the leadership of its growing organics team as the company moves to launch a full line of organic products.
From 2005 until he joined Tanimura & Antle, Glynn was at Earthbound Farm, where he served most recently as Vice President of Ag Supply and played a pivotal role in the development and coordination of its network of organic growers.
“We worked closely with Chris when we were a partner in Earthbound Farm. As we began planning to launch our organic program, we knew we wanted to seed it with the best and the brightest,” said President & CEO Rick Antle, in a press release. “Integrity, expertise, and passion for organic are all important as we get off to a fast start but also create a program that's built to last. Chris Glynn embodies all those qualities, and we’re excited to have him leading the organic supply program here as we get back into organic.”
The company is currently conducting trials in preparation for a full launch of organic offerings later this year.
“Tanimura & Antle’s Artisan Romaine is simply the best new lettuce around, and we’re very pleased with the results we’re seeing with it in organic trials,” said Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jeff Jackson. “It’s been a real hit with customers and consumers and there’s a lot of excitement about us bringing an organic version to market. Demand for organic produce continues to expand but it takes commitment and credibility to succeed at it 52 weeks a year.”
According to the company’s press release, organic is consistent with Tanimura & Antles broader, long-term commitment to sustainability, including:
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in both organic and non-organic crops
- Minimum tillage to avoid soil erosion
- Cover cropping and crop rotation
- Drip irrigation resulting in 19% decrease in water usage
- Protection of adjacent ecosystems
Tanimura & Antle has already joined the Organic Trade Association, and the company’s organic program is certified organic by CCOF, one of the country's leading organic certifiers.
“We are investing the time and resources necessary to build a reliable year-round program backed by Tanimura & Antle’s legacy of integrity and expertise through four generations of farming,” added Jackson. “It’s an exciting time.”
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