Grimmway Farms Celebrates 50th Anniversary at PMA Fresh Summit
- by Kayla Webb
ANAHEIM, CA & BAKERSFIELD, CA - Grimmway Farms is raising the stakes of celebration at this week’s PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo by bringing the festiveness of its 50th anniversary to the trade show. As part of this celebration, Grimmway will be acknowledging and honoring its customers and industry partners who have been integral to the company’s success at its 50th Anniversary Celebration in the historic Anaheim packing district on Thursday, October 17.
“For 50 years, we’ve upheld the vision set by our founders while providing the best value, consistent quality, and outstanding service to our partners since day one. Grimmway is committed to creating a better tomorrow, but it’s our customers who make that possible. We look forward to thanking our committed partners and friends at PMA,” said Eric Proffitt, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Grimmway employee of more than 25 years.
In addition to its 50th anniversary party, Grimmway will also be unveiling an updated tradeshow booth that will feature historic images and a timeline filled with industry milestones. The new booth aims to tell the rich story behind Grimmway Farms, which started when Rod and Bob Grimm established the business not far from PMA’s 2019 convention site, according to a press release.
“Rod and Bob believed in investing in the people who work for us and with us. This philosophy has enabled our growth and it remains at the core of our business,” said Jeff Huckaby, who is President of Grimmway Farms and has worked for the company since 1998.
Attendees will also have the chance to meet a few Grimm family members at the expo, where they’ll be hanging out to thank customers and share more about the values that helped Grimmway Farms grow from a roadside stand to a global produce leader.
And—yes, there’s more Grimmway fun to be had!—Grimmway will also provide its customers with tours of local farmland in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. On this visit, attendees can tour the company’s growing regions and learn more about Grimmway Farms’ farming practices.
All of these efforts are extensions of Grimmway’s year-long campaign theme, “Family Owned for 50 Years and Growing.” The campaign kicked off with a farm-to-table event in March and a grower dinner in April, both serving to acknowledge agricultural stewardship and respect for the land among Grimmway’s farming community, as noted in the press release. Grimmway also hosted a company-wide picnic that witnessed 10,000 employees and their families enjoying some seriously good grub. Next on the calendar will be a community engagement event featuring field and facility tours and an employee-driven cleanup event at a local park later this fall.
“Grimmway has a bright future of continuing to supply the nation with healthy, high quality produce. We look forward to building upon the legacy Rod and Bob began, and we are deeply grateful for the support of the produce industry over the years,” said Brandon Grimm, son of Bob Grimm and a member of the Grimmway Leadership team.
So swing by booth #2885 to join in on Grimmway’s 50th anniversary fun! The ANUK team will see you there!