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  1. Agricultural Community Giving Challenge for Food Service Agencies Addressing Needs Brought on by COVID-19

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    John John D'Arrigo, President and CEOD’Arrigo, CEO/President and Chairman of the Board for D’Arrigo California is partnering with the Grower Shipper Association (GSA) Foundation/Ag Against Hunger to create an Ag industry-designated charitable giving opportunity.   Our goal is to help individuals and families in our communities who are struggling from food insecurity and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grower Shipper member, John D’Arrigo, kicked off the AG Challenge effort with generous pledges of $10K to support  the Food Bank for Monterey County and $10K to support Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley.


    The idea of the challenge is to have others in the industry try to match John D’Arrigo’s donation to help the Food Bank for Monterey County and Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley.  “When I saw the Food Bank for Monterey County feature on the news, I realized how difficult things are right now for them and it really got me thinking.  How can I help these two organizations continue to fulfill their mission of providing shelf stable food and fresh fruits and vegetables to individuals in need?  So, I thought of the Ag Challenge,” said D’Arrigo.

    As a grower, packer and shipper of fresh fruit and vegetables, D’Arrigo CA is fully operational with 100% of their employees working at the headquarters, shipping facility and fields.  Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, Marketing and Communications states, “we do not want the corona virus to keep individuals from consuming fresh fruit and vegetables as no research or cases have shown COVID-19 to be transmitted by food, including fresh produce.  With the shelter-in-place mandate, it is our goal to support food service agencies that provide and deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to boost the immune systems of children, families and elderly as we combat this dreadful virus.”


    The Ag Challenge will provide necessary funding to the Food Bank of Monterey County and Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley during this pandemic.  If you would like to be part of this extraordinary effort to address community needs due to COVID-19, please contact Chris Valadez

    President, Grower Shipper Association or Abby Taylor-Silva, Vice President, Grower Shipper Association Policy and Communications.



  2. D’Arrigo California Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a 21 Year Partnership of “Growing For Prevention”

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    October 1, 2020 – Salinas, CA:  As of 1999, D’Arrigo California has donated over $2 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) to fund innovative breast cancer research.  To raise awareness a pink ribbon adorns the packaging and cartons of D’Arrigo California products under   the Andy Boy® label that you find in grocery stores and restaurants domestically and internationally.  It is D’Arrigo California’s goal to ‘grow’ prevention through education, and find a cure for breast cancer during our lifetime.

    Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® has raised more than $400 million to advance the most promising breast cancer research worldwide that will help lead to prevention and a cure.  Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.  BCRF-funded researchers continue to bring the world closer to ending breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.


    John D'Arrigo, President and CEO“We remain steadfast in our commitment to support BCRF.  In the 21 year partnership with BCRF, our financial commitment has led to 42,000 research hours conducted by 275 researchers around the world at leading academic and medical institutions in 15 countries in an effort to develop innovative treatments to save lives from this disease,” stated John D’Arrigo, D’Arrigo California, President/CEO and Chairman of the Board.  “We are extremely proud to play a vital part in these encouraging statistics to find a cure and end breast cancer.”

    Breast Cancer Statistics*:

    • 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
    • Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S.
    • The average 5-year survival rate for early-stage breast cancer is more than 90%.
    • Breast cancer deaths have declined by nearly 40% over the past three decades.
    • More than 42,000 women and 500 men die from breast cancer each year.
    • There are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

    *Statistics from Breast Cancer Research Foundation®


    “Research is the reason deaths from breast cancer have declined by 40 percent since our founding,” said Myra Biblowit, BCRF President and CEO. “By partnering with BCRF, D’Arrigo California has undoubtedly impacted that trajectory. We are deeply grateful for their continued commitment and, together, we are moving closer to achieving our shared goal of ending breast cancer once and for all.”



    #darrigocagrowingforprevention, #researchisthereason, #betheend #breastcancerawarenessmonth, #bcrf

    Andy Boy packaging and cartons with BCRF pink ribbon to increase awareness and education of breast cancer. Cartons with BCRF pink ribbon



  3. Electronic Shipping Kiosk at D’Arrigo California

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    D’Arrigo California has implemented shipping kiosks at their shipping facility in Salinas, CA.  This innovative tool, which contains a proprietary software program, was developed to improve efficiencies of the shipping process.  D’Arrigo California’s investment in the electronic shipping kiosks and its proprietary software program demonstrates its commitment to provide efficiencies throughout its supply chain.


    The electronic shipping kiosk allows the truck driver to minimize the check-in process.  Matt Amaral, Vice President of Post -Harvest stated, “technological innovation is a key component that enables D’Arrigo California to better serve our customers, while driving efficiencies within the company.  This customized system provides an opportunity for us to positively impact our service level at shipping point.”

    The electronic shipping kiosk replaces the typical person to person check-in experience.  “This concept which is prevalent throughout airports today, utilizes a cutting-edge shipping program that will be a foundational piece that will enable D’Arrigo California to be on the forefront of how the industry will interact with its customers at shipping points,” stated Mark Houle, Director, Facility Operations.  In addition, this program allows the shipping office the opportunity to provide more immediate communication to drivers via text and email.

    Mark Houle

    The touch screen shipping kiosk not only delivers a consistent, high-quality and user-friendly experience but has allowed roles to be redirected and refocused within the shipping department.  “This time saving tool has translated to more of the team being available to work ‘on’ the business and less people are needed to work ‘in’ the business, stated Jimmy DonAngelo, Shipping Facility Manager.

    Jimmy DonAngelo, Shipping Facility Manager

    In today’s fast paced environment, technology is often a key to one’s experience.  At D’Arrigo California’s shipping facility, the electronic shipping kiosk has already provided a positive lasting impression.



    About D’Arrigo California

    From the day the company was founded in 1920 by Stefano and Andrea D’Arrigo, two immigrants from Messina, Sicily, innovation has been its hallmark. D’Arrigo California offers strategies and solutions to its customers in everything from seed research and development, food safety and sustainability, to entirely new approaches to packaging, harvesting and shipping. The company’s brand, Andy Boy, is known for signature products like broccoli rabe, fennel and romaine hearts. D’Arrigo California grows not only conventional and organic products year-round, but also provides services that include cross docking, consolidation, custom growing and commercial cooling.


    Press Release Contact:

    Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos
    D’Arrigo California
    831.455.4315 /

  4. Need an Immunity BOOST? Bring on the Broccoli Rabe!

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    Your body’s ability to fight infection and disease depends on your immune system. The immune system is made up of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect your body from illness and infection.  D’Arrigo California is launching a BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY health campaign, stated Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, Director of Marketing, “to keep well-balanced and healthy we need to consume fresh fruits and vegetables as they are packed with immune boosting vitamins and minerals.  Now more than ever, having an optimally functioning immune system is critical to one’s health and wellness.”

    A healthy immune system paired with daily preventative measures that include hand-washing, hand-sanitizing, and physical distancing is imperative for all ages.  We have adapted to a new “normal” to combat COVID-19 and studies have shown that a healthy diet and lifestyle can boost the body’s natural defenses.  Pizarro-Villalobos shared, “so, don’t wait, boost your immunity by consuming Andy Boy broccoli rabe.  Broccoli rabe is a nutrient-packed powerhouse veggie that will enhance your immune system.”

    Stacked Broccoli Rabe Health Facts

    • High in Vitamin A and Vitamin C to improve skin and cellular health
    • Excellent source of Vitamin K to fight against bone loss
    • Loaded with fiber to feel full and satisfied
    • High in antioxidants to curb the aging process
    • Our proprietary variety contains 11 glucosinolates that are phytocompounds and when consumed they breakdown and become anti-cancer properties in the body
    • Contains luteins which promotes eye health
    • Low in calories – 22 calories for 100 grams (1/2 cup)
    • Contains anti-inflammatory nutrients that reduce heart disease

    Broccoli rabe is a cruciferous vegetable and packs a big punch when it comes to flavor.  If your palate is not a fan of bold flavors then let us tell you how to tame the audacious taste.  You can blanch, steam, sauté, grill, roast and puree it to decrease the peppery notes.  So, no more excuses, get that extra pep in your step by consuming Andy Boy broccoli rabe.

    “We are excited to educate and engage with consumers on our social media platforms during our BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY health campaign.  We only have one body so let’s take care of it,” stated Pizarro-Villalobos.  Keep your immunity and spirits up and do not let COVID-19 get you down.  Be sure to wash your hands, keep your distance, exercise and eat your fruits and veggies.  Produce is not only safe to consume but essential to a healthy lifestyle–which is vital to everyday life now more than ever.

    Check out D’Arrigo California’s BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY fun and educational posts on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.



    About D’Arrigo California

    From the day the company was founded in 1920 by Stefano and Andrea D’Arrigo, two immigrants from Messina, Sicily, innovation has been its hallmark. D’Arrigo California offers strategies and solutions to its customers in everything from seed research and development, food safety and sustainability, to entirely new approaches to packaging, harvesting and shipping. The company’s brand, Andy Boy, is known for signature products like broccoli rabe, fennel and romaine hearts. D’Arrigo California grows not only conventional and organic products year-round, but also provides services that include cross docking, consolidation, custom growing and commercial cooling.


    Press Release Contact:

    Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos
    D’Arrigo California
    831.455.4315 /

  5. D’Arrigo California Welcomes New Talent to the Sales and Marketing Departments

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    D’Arrigo California is excited to announce and welcome Maya Capurro as a Sales Assistant and Morgan Tinari as a Marketing and Culinary Assistant.

    Maya graduated from California Polytechnic State University in just 3 years.  She majored in Agribusiness Management and as a student was active in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) and was an Agribusiness Management Club officer.  Prior to joining D’Arrigo California, Maya worked as a peer advisor to the Agribusiness Department at Cal Poly and served as a sales coordinator intern at Driscoll’s.

    “We are pleased to have Maya join our sales team as she brings an energetic approach to our fast paced environment,” stated John Scherpinski, Director of Sales at D’Arrigo California.  “Maya is young, smart and diligent with her work which makes her a stellar addition to the team.  She is a go-getter that is eager to learn and contribute to the bottom line.”

    At D’Arrigo California, Maya will be responsible for sales order data entry, customer service on the phones, collection of outstanding sales balances and interaction with customers at tradeshows.

    “I enjoy working with a progressive sales team and a fast paced environment that challenges me daily.  I value how D’Arrigo California is committed to growing, packing and shipping quality fruits and vegetables year round.  The company prides itself on tight Andy Boy produce specs and I respect their high standards.  I look forward to learning and contributing to the sales team and honing my customer service and data entry skills,” stated Maya.

    Morgan is a graduate of St. John’s University located in New York where she majored in marketing at the Peter J. Tobin School of Business.  At St. John’s, Morgan played soccer (NCAA Division 1) and had a very successful scholar and athletic career during her college experience.  Most recently, Morgan was a social media associate at SLMD Skincare.  She was responsible for the creative direction for SLMD’s social media platforms.  Morgan also assisted with event planning and influencer outreach.

    At D’Arrigo California, Morgan will be responsible to create, post content, videos and images on the Andy Boy and Eat Broccoli Rabe social media channels.  She will assist with tradeshow logistics, event planning and influencer relations to augment the culinary recipes and videos on the Andy Boy website.

    “I was motivated to join D’Arrigo California because of the company’s iconic Andy Boy label that stands for top quality and consistency,” stated Morgan.  “I am delighted to be part of a multi-faceted produce company that will be celebrating 100 years of business in 2020 as a family of companies (which include their sister companies, D’Arrigo Massachusetts and D’Arrigo New York).  It’s an exciting time to work for a 3rd generation family owned company and market their cross dock, consolidation, solar farming and most importantly their fresh fruit and vegetable commodities to inspire a healthy lifestyle.”

    “Morgan’s savvy marketing skills will drive the content, image creation and design for the array of Andy Boy products we grow, pack and ship year round,” stated Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, D’Arrigo California Director of Marketing and Culinary.  “Her in depth marketing knowledge, coupled with her creative and collaborative nature will complement our marketing department and growing commodities.”


  6. Clean Air Leaders Top Award Presented to D’Arrigo California

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    The Monterey Bay Air Resources District honored D’Arrigo California with the Climate Change Advocate Award.  John D’Arrigo, President/CEO and Chairman of the Board of D’Arrigo California received the award and stated, “D’Arrigo California will be celebrating its family of companies 100th anniversary next year and I am extremely proud that our dedicated staff of over 2,000 employees have been recognized for their leadership in solar technology, sustainability in drip irrigation and best management farming practices.”

    “The Monterey Bay Air Resources District is proud to recognize and honor D’Arrigo California’s ongoing endeavors to maintain and improve air quality in our community. D’Arrigo exhibits extraordinary caring about the environment and shines as an example to other businesses.  The D’Arrigo’s are climate change leaders in the agricultural community through their efforts in developing renewable energy production and by sponsoring research in soil science to reduce greenhouse gases.  It was a great pleasure to be able to award them the top Clean Air Leaders Climate Change Advocate Award and we look forward to seeing many more accomplishments in environmental excellence from this company,” stated Mr. Richard Stedman, Air Pollution Control Officer for the Monterey Bay Air Resources District.

    D’Arrigo California has been generating solar power to operate their business on clean energy since 2016 across two ranches in Salinas, CA and Gonzales, CA.  “We are harvesting the sun’s power on 39 acres to produce 5.5 megawatts of electricity from 18,000 solar panels which allows us to run ranch meters and our 152,000 sq. ft. cooling and loading facility located in Monterey County.  87% of our electrical energy needs at this facility are generated by our solar farms.  The addition of two tesla batteries allows us to store electricity to keep us off the grid during peak hours.  This natural energy is a resource that makes great environmental and economic sense which enables us to reduce energy costs while improving the bottom line,” stated John D’Arrigo.

    Dr. Arlene Haffa, Associate Professor at California State University, Monterey Bay – School of Natural Sciences, who nominated D’Arrigo California for the award stated, “D’Arrigo California is a leader in the climate change front because they are taking steps to reduce the climate change impact of their company and are willing to work with scientists to develop and understand new best management practices.  They have been a strong leader in the use of drip irrigation. The use of irrigation water requires energy hence the solar farm in Gonzales helps pump water from their wells to their fields.  By reducing their water use, they are reducing climate impacts. In addition, they paid to recycle the drip irrigation tape before there were any recycling markets for it. This leadership has helped to generate a pathway for other growers to use the technology as well.”

    D’Arrigo California was among the first growers in the Salinas Valley to begin irrigating crops with drip tape to deliver precise amounts of water and fertilizer directly to the roots of the plant.  This year D’Arrigo California will have over 17,000 acres of their crops in the Salinas Valley under drip irrigation.  The result will be an incredible amount of water and input savings.

    Best management farming practices stem from D’Arrigo California’s business and stewardship decisions. They recognize that today’s decisions affect generations to come and they are committed to protect the planet and produce the highest quality crops (conventional and organic) year round in the Andy Boy label.



    Salinas, CA: Ranch 1

    • Ranch 1 generates 4.4 MW
    • 14,400 solar panels
    • 31 acres
    • 2 Tesla Batteries to minimize peak usage demand charges
    • Solar power will offset the cooling and loading facility costs by 87%

    Gonzales, CA: Ranch 7

    • Ranch 7 generates 1.1 MW
    • 3,600 solar panels
    • 8 acres
    • Solar power will offset ranch meter costs by 50%


    Current Solar Stats

    Total Solar Megawatts: 5.5

    Total Solar Acres: 39

    Total Solar Panels: 18,000

    Largest customer-owned net metered solar power project in Monterey County

  7. D’Arrigo CA Welcomes New Hires Cody Ramsey and Shannon Aliotti

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    D’Arrigo CA is proud to announce and welcome Cody Ramsey as the Foodservice Manager and Shannon Aliotti as a Sales Representative for their sales office.

    Mr. Ramsey is an accomplished foodservice professional with extensive knowledge of project development and management. Before joining D’Arrigo CA, Cody worked with Mann Packing for a total of ten years.  During his successful tenure at Mann Packing he directed sales and business efforts, specifically targeting the foodservice sector.

    “We are thrilled to have Cody on board, he will bring a fresh perspective and approach to our sales office,” stated Dave Martinez, VP of Sales at D’Arrigo CA.  “Cody has demonstrated an ability to harvest the limitless opportunities the industry has to offer and provide incredible insights to customer engagement and relationships.”

    “I am excited to work for such a progressive and dynamic family owned produce company that has close to 100 years of being a titan in the produce industry as a grower, packer and shipper of quality Andy Boy products.  D’Arrigo CA has really expanded their foodservice portfolio to include custom growing, organics and key services such as cross dock, consolidation and commercial cooling giving them the competitive edge to be a one-stop shop year-round,” stated Cody.

    “We are expanding and enhancing our foodservice operations to better serve our valued customers. Cody’s leadership will help to elevate our service levels, attain our short and long-term business goals and build the overall category,” stated D’Arrigo CA Director of Sales, John Scherpinski.  “Cody is unique in that he is well versed in strategic foodservice initiatives to manage customer relationships.  His professional demeanor and expertise are great additions to our management team and our future business growth plans.”

    In Cody’s spare time he enjoys being outdoors and staying active by wake surfing, golfing, snowboarding and mountain biking.

    Shannon comes to D’Arrigo with 13 years of experience working in the sales sector.  Most recently, Shannon worked as the sales representative and commodity manager at NewStar Fresh Foods.  At D’Arrigo CA, Shannon will lead communication and execution of the day to day functions for several foodservice accounts.

    “I was attracted to join D’Arrigo because of the company’s respected and well known Andy Boy label that stands for top quality and consistency,” stated Shannon.  “I am delighted to be part of such a sustainable and socially conscious produce company whose business portfolio expands from farming to solar panels, mechanical harvesting and more.”

    “Shannon’s knowledge of produce coupled with her passion to find ways to enhance our daily sales execution will be an asset to our team,” stated John Scherpinski.  “Her depth of experience, knowledge and communication skills will complement our growing team.”

    In Shannon’s spare time she likes to travel, run, golf and read.




    About D’Arrigo California

    From the day the company was founded in 1920 by Stefano and Andrea D’Arrigo, two immigrant brothers from Messina, Sicily, innovation has been its hallmark. D’Arrigo CA provides customers with excellent service in everything from seed research and development, food safety and sustainability, to entirely new approaches to packaging, harvesting and shipping. D’Arrigo CA not only grows, harvests and packs conventional and organic products, but also provides services that include cross dock, consolidation, custom growing and commercial cooling programs.

    Visit our Andy Boy website to get delicious and nutritious recipes and find out ‘What’s New’ at D’Arrigo CA.


    Press Release Contact:

    Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos / 831.455.4315



  8. 2017 Green Eating Meal Inspiration

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    Andy Boy has created a special free ebook full of recipes and healthy eating advice from celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman to keep you on top of your 2017 goals and resolutions. As one of America’s foremost registered dietitians, Keri brings with her a wealth of nutritional knowledge, as well as an appreciation for foods that people love. Together, we hope to provide our customers with the freshest and healthiest vegetables, but we also want to supply you with the most accurate guidance for living a healthy lifestyle.

    Download Ebook

  9. “Rabeing” the Spotlight from Kale

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    Broccoli Rabe is gaining national recognition as the new “it” veggie recently headlining the Wall Street Journal and creating a buzz on the websites and social media pages of popular food blogs like Epicurious.

    Read “Broccoli Rabe Is Trying to Become the Next Kale” published by the Wall Street Journal on June 14, 2016.

    Read “Broccoli Rabe Dreams Big” published by the Wall Street Journal on June 15, 2016.

  10. Salinas Council’s Hospital Giving Surpasses $2 Million

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    The Salinas-based Agricultural Leadership Council has raised more than $2 million for Natividad Medical Foundation since 2010, reaching that milestone April 7 with a $325,100 donation.

    Natividad Medical Center, a public hospital, serves Salinas Valley farm workers among other patients.

    John D’Arrigo, president and CEO of Salinas-based D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California, and members of the council presented the donation at the foundation’s annual Hero Award and Donor Celebration.

    Read the full article here.

  11. Publix Partners With Produce For Kids® For 12th Annual Get Healthy, Give Hope Campaign To Encourage Healthy Eating

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    Campaign to raise local funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

    LAKELAND, FL (May 29, 2014) –Publix is once again partnering with Produce for Kids® for the 12th Annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s organizations. The joint campaign, which begins May 29, will educate families on the benefits of healthy eating and raise money for Publix’s designated charity – local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Since 2002, Publixcustomers and associates have raised nearly $2.3 million for local children’s organizations.

    To help increase its donation, shoppers are encouraged to add more produce to their grocery carts. All 12 participating fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a consumption-based donation to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, which provides comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids.

    “We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Publix to educate families on healthy eating habits while improving the lives of children in our local communities,” said John Shuman, president of Produce for Kids. “This year is an important year for the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, as we expect to surpass the $2.3 million mark in total funds raised. This success wouldn’t be possible without the leadership of our valued retailers, including Publix.”

    “We have partnered with Produce for Kids for more than a decade to help educate our customers about the importance of healthy eating,” said Maria Brous, media and community relations director for Publix. “The campaign not only provides resources to teach children how to make nutritious choices to develop strong and healthy bodies, but it also raises funds for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.”

    Throughout the campaign, signage will be featured in Publix produce departments, which will list all participating companies, as well as healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes. In-store materials also will encourage shoppers to visit for additional information on the campaign and to read healthy tips from real parents.

    For the third year, Produce for Kids also will partner with Sprout®, the 24-hour preschool television channel. For more information, please visit or Produce for Kids Facebook page.

    The following companies proudly support the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign and your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: Bolthouse Farms® Juices & Smoothies; D’Arrigo Bros. of California – Andy Boy® Broccoli; Chiquita® Bananas; Fresh Express® Packaged Salads; Coast Tropical Mangoes; Crunch Pak® Sliced Apples; Del Monte Foods® – Fruit Naturals® Cups; J & D Produce, Inc. – Little Bear® Brand Vidalia® Sweet Onions; Minute Maid® Pure Squeezed Orange Juice; Shuman Produce – RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions; Ventura Foods – Marie’s® Dressings; Paramount Farms – Wonderful® Pistachios.

    For more information about the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, visit


    Diane Hurd Produce for Kids 816.556.3144


    About Produce for Kids®

    Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $4.8 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit www.produceforkids.comFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

    About Publix ®

    Publix is privately owned and operated by its 167,000 employees, with 2013 sales of $28.9 billion. Currently Publix has 1,077 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 17 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website,

    About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

    About Sprout®

    Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-6 and their parents and caregivers. Available in over 55 million homes with programming structured to follow the day of the child from morning to night, Sprout features original programming, including The Chica Show and Noodle and Doodle, a library of gold standard series, including Caillou and Sesame Street, and U.S. exclusives including Lazytown and Tree Fu Tom. Sprout’s hosted programming blocks, including The Sunny Side Up Show and The Good Night Show, serve as tools to guide parents as they help children prepare for their days and nights with activities, user generated content, stories, and more. Viewers are encouraged to submit artwork, birthday wishes, videos and more through, which has received over five million viewer interactions to-date. Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over 1.5 billion views. Sprout was fully acquired by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment in November 2013.

    Produce for Kids
    2901 Curry Ford Rd.
    Suite 4
    Orlando, FL 32806

  12. 94-Year-Old Family Produce Biz Andy Boy Gives Millions To Charity

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    Making a salad or stir fry can do more good than just good for your body, if you’re a customer of D’Arrigo Bros of California. Their bags of romaine hearts, for example, have the pink ribbon symbol for breast cancer, one of many charities the 94-year-old company supports. The privately held, family-run growers and distributors of produce marketed under the familiar Andy Boy brand — launched in 1927 — is hugely philanthropic, annually giving between $250,000 and $1 million in private donations to myriad benefactors.

    In addition to advocating on behalf of its agricultural workforce while serving as environmental stewards to the land they farm, the D’Arrigo Bros. actively fund the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the United Way, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Meals on Wheels, the Kinship Center and Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, plus countless other charities via one-off and multi-year pledges.

    Ask third generation company head John D’Arrigo — grandson of co-founder Stefano and son of Andy Boy namesake Andrew D’Arrigo, whose childhood picture graces the packaging — why the company supports the groups it supports and he says evenly, “Well, we are just real big believers in paying it forward,” he tells Samaritanmag from his California office.

    “Breast cancer seemed obvious. It’s such a prevalent problem and it has affected lots of people in our orbit such as workers, growers, peers and people we know at alarmingly early rates. Plus it also seemed like a great way of connecting with the consumers across the country primarily buying our products: the female in the home. I mean we are a big agricultural company but we are also a family company so we get it.”

    And then there is the Agricultural Leadership Council (TALC), created in 2010 by company president John D’Arrigo along with other California growing families to fund the Natividad Medical Center, a so-called “safety net hospital” that provides health care access to patients — including the migrant farm workers harvesting the romaine lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli Andy Boy sells — regardless of their ability to pay.

    TALC has not only succeeded in its mission “to improve the health status of farm workers and their families by providing Natividad with medical equipment, diagnostic tools and services” to the tune of $1.1 million since inception.

    It has spun off a profitable side business, Indigenous Interpreting, which helps other social services providers, researchers and the like to communicate in arcane and highly localized dialects such as Mixteco, Zapotec and Triqui (all from Mexico and currently spoken at Natividad) via highly trained interpreters.

    “We have these languages that are up to 4,000 years old that pre-date Latin-based languages,” D’Arrrigo explains. “Doctors could not communicate with patients who spoke these languages. It was so frustrating.

    “We identified this need and we’ve funded 68 interpreters through this Indigenous Interpreter program and it’s gone viral. People all over the country are calling us in need of this service which they can subscribe to. So what began as a heartfelt philanthropic effort to solve a serious problem actually turned into a profit-generating center for the hospital.”

    But that’s only part of the equation. The D’Arrigo Bros. company — and by extension, the D’Arrigo family, which has owned and operated it since 1920, with the Andy Boy trademark in place since 1927 — are also heavily invested in cancer research, environmental health, and “We also try and focus on youth,” D’Arrigo adds.

    “The Kinship Center in California helps kids that don’t really have homes for whatever reason. We helped to build the D’Arrigo Family Mental Health Clinic in 2004. We spent $500,000 on that one, to service kids with mental health issues related to adoption.

    “The idea of getting kids stabilized was behind Rancho Cielo which helps kids in trouble and on probation. So there we funded the D’Arrigo Family Technical Services Education Center to teach kids a skill that will help them get a job and not feel the need to join a gang. The gang problem here is tremendous. We committed to them in 2006 through 2009 — we often do multi-year pledges. Everyone has operational expenses, so we often circle back around.”

    As D’Arrigo explains, his company’s philanthropy isn’t a cut-and-dried matter of percentage of sales directed to charity. “We really don’t tie it to proceeds or profits and loss or so much a package,” he says. “We just feel giving money is the right thing to do and we do it regardless of financial situation. And we’ve been blessed that giving hasn’t really been an issue for us.

    “Our annual donations range but typically it’s a $250,000 to $1 million a year. And there are scores of other things we participate in that are relatively small dollars compared to some other ventures. And we are never short of causes — we get requests every day.”

    The D’Arrigo family is also heavily involved in sustainable agriculture. As outlined on the website, “Conserving energy and protecting natural resources for future generations is a core value held at D’Arrigo Bros. of California, from field to executive offices,” the website states.

    “D’Arrigo Bros. of California grows, harvests, packs, cools and ships all of its own products, which affords the company a high degree of control over its operations. With the goal to ensure product safety and integrity while minimizing energy and fuel use, D’Arrigo Bros. of California decided to consolidate its packing and shipping facilities near the heart of its fields.”

    This it did via a state-of-the-art facility launched in 2008. The laundry-list of achievements attached to this is impressive: 593 metric tons of C02 per year prevented (“Since relocating and consolidating its cooler facilities closer to its farm fields the company has prevented more than 4,000 metric tons of CO2emissions”); 84 trips around the earth eliminated (“D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California saves an estimated 300,000 truck-miles annually, enough to make 12 trips around the earth every year”) and so forth.

    Yet ask D’Arrigo if the average Andy Boy consumer knows about his company’s sprawling philanthropy and he admits, “Probably not.”

    “The Breast Cancer Research Foundation symbol is on the packaging so we have people who connect through that and maybe look up our website,” D’Arrigo says. “But with the millions of packages we send out, most consumers have no idea about the scope at which this family is dedicated to giving back.

    “But I figure good deeds just need to be done. If it gets out, great and if it doesn’t well, that wasn’t the purpose for doing it anyway.”