Menu

Author Archives: AndyBoy

  1. D’Arrigo California Approved as First Mass Vaccination Clinic Site for Agricultural Workers

    Leave a Comment

    Salinas, CA: D’Arrigo California was approved as the first site for mass vaccinations for agriculture workers in Monterey County. D’Arrigo California in partnership with the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California (GSA) and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (CSVS), hosted a one-day, drive-thru vaccination clinic for Monterey County residents ages 65 and over who are at risk of exposure while working in agriculture, per Monterey County’s most recent eligibility criteria.

    The clinic took place at D’Arrigo California’s headquarters, located at 21777 Harris Road in Salinas, CA on Thursday, February 25, 2021. D’Arrigo California coordinated all the logistics at their headquarters in Salinas, for the one-day vaccination clinic. The company invested in power outlets, portable restrooms and personnel to manage inbound and outbound vaccination traffic for the drive-thru clinic.

    Approximately 300 essential agricultural workers from 42 produce companies from throughout Monterey County received the Moderna vaccine. D’Arrigo California has been approved to host a second vaccination clinic at their headquarters in Salinas on Thursday, March 25, 2021 for agricultural workers.

    “We collaborated with key health and agricultural industry stakeholders to host the first mass vaccination site for agricultural workers in Monterey County. Our goal was to provide meaningful, strategic and prevention-oriented actions to protect the health and safety of our industry’s agricultural workers,” stated John D’Arrigo, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, D’Arrigo California.

    As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas received the supply of vaccines designated for food and agricultural workers directly from the federal government.

    “It is truly an honor to be entrusted to receive and to manage such a valuable resource as this vaccine. When future generations of Americans look back at this moment of our history, we can all smile proudly knowing that all people came together in the Salinas Valley in a concerted effort guided by medical and public health strategies to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 among our people,” according to Dr. Max Cuevas, MD, CEO, Clinica De Salud Del Valle De Salinas.

    “CSVS and GSA began working on a vaccination distribution system as soon as we learned about their potential availability,” says Christopher Valadez, GSA President. “We knew it was crucial to have an effective and efficient appointment-based program in place before harvesting began in the spring to protect these essential workers.” Valadez said this collaboration with CSVS was built upon a partnership created in June 2020 which provides increased access to COVID-19 testing for farm workers with expedited results.

  2. Brighter Bites Expects to Impact Approximately 1,200 Families with Support from Local Partners

    Leave a Comment

    BRIGHTER BITES ANNOUNCES EXPANSION TO SALINAS, CALIFORNIA

    Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit organization that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, announces the launch of its seventh location in Salinas, California.

    The fertile fields of the Salinas Valley are home to numerous growers, and the headquarters of many Brighter Bites partners making it an ideal location for the expansion. Brighter Bites looks forward to seizing on this opportunity to improve the health of the students and families in the Salinas area by providing nutrition education and access to free, fresh produce being grown so close.

    “We’re thrilled to expand our services to the ‘produce capital’ of our country,” said Rich Dachman, CEO of Brighter Bites. “Partnering with the Salinas community is such a natural fit for Brighter Bites and we’re honored to work with local growers, shippers, and organizations to continue the momentum of giving back to a community that has given us so much.”

    Brighter Bites’ launch in the region is made possible through the support of several key partners, including River Fresh Farms, who is providing logistical support, and critical funding partners like the Walmart Foundation, Taylor Farms, Mission Produce, JV Smith Companies, and Church Brothers. Other donors, including those who are providing produce, include D’Arrigo California, Dole, Braga Fresh, The Nunes Company, Muzzi Family Farms, and Mann Packing Company.

    Monterey County resident Alicia Blanco, Senior Program Manager for Brighter Bites, has identified three school districts that the organization will initially partner with based on current need and fit with the Brighter Bites’ mission. The schools partnering with Brighter Bites for the school year include the Gonzales Unified School District, Greenfield Union School District, and Monterey County Head Start. Brighter Bites will continue to grow the program in the Salinas region into the summer and fall.

    “We are so excited to be partnering with Brighter Bites to bring farm-fresh produce to our students and their families. This program will allow our students to learn the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, while providing them with the resources to do so,” said Alvin Vitug, Director of Nutrition at La Gloria Elementary School in Gonzales, CA.

    Since launching in 2012, Brighter Bites has distributed more than 40 million pounds of produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to over 500,000 individuals through schools, after school programs and summer camps in the cities in which it serves. Brighter Bites uses a simple formula for introducing healthy lifestyles to families: produce distribution, nutrition education, and a fun food experience that helps to demystify produce and show just how great it can taste.

  3. Simple Nutrition and Health Tips with a Big Payoff

    Leave a Comment

    If we could manage obesity, type 2 diabetes, lower our risks of heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s by consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables – then why aren’t we? Well, the fact is, change is hard!

    Wellness is an interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing healthy choices to create a more successful and balanced lifestyle. Wellness is the framework that you can use to organize, understand, and balance your own growth and development.

    D’Arrigo California has partnered with Stephanie Bouquet, a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics, certified diabetes educator and certified wellness coach to share simple and holistic ways to find wellness and balance this new year.

    “As creatures of habit, we must jump in with both feet to start something new. It begins with simple daily practices, prepping meals ahead of time, and finding healthy recipes that inspire you in the kitchen and help you attain your wellness goals,” stated Stephanie Bouquet.

    Daily Practices:
    • Make family cooking at home fun. As some say, “families that cook together, stay healthy together.” Also, family cooking promotes fun family time.
    • Encourage your kids to help plan the menu. Kids love to get involved in the kitchen (especially making a mess!) and when they are part of the prep and cooking process they are more willing to try new dishes.
      Purchase healthy snacks to promote smart “nibbling” choices. Stock up on plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
    • Try to curve snacks that are high in fat, calories, and sugar.
    • Get moving. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.
    • Find a workout partner. A partner will help keep you accountable and inspired to power through workouts.
    • Stay hydrated. Drinking water keeps you hydrated, feeling full, helps maximize physical performance and lubricates your joints, spinal cord, and tissues.
    • Health experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses per day (8×8 rule).
    • Learn to slow down. It takes roughly twenty minutes for the brain and stomach to talk to each other to establish fullness. If you slow your rate of eating, you might find a smaller portion goes a lot farther which also fairs favorably to your waistline.
    • Get enough sleep. Shoot for 6-8 hours of sleep nightly to help regulate appetite, fullness, and blood sugar levels. Try to go to sleep nightly at the same time and avoid distractions (electronic devices, caffeine, and alcohol) close to bedtime for peaceful slumber!

    A simple way to increase produce consumption starts with meal preparation and what you put on your plate. Stephanie shared, “Some of my favorite veggies are broccoli rabe, fennel and sweet baby broccoli. If you need inspiration in the kitchen, check out the following delicious recipes.”

    Broccoli Rabe Tropical Power Smoothie
    Fennel and Arugula Salad
    Instant Pot Thai Green Curry with Broccoli Rabe and Chicken
    Sweet Baby Broccoli Pho
    Romaine Heart Poke Wraps
    Beet, Fennel and Sweet Potato Crostini
    Broccoli, Pepper and Turkey Bacon Egg Bites

    Embracing change may not be easy but you can do it! It starts with creating a health and wellness plan that incorporates daily behaviors to help you feel refreshed, replenished, motivated and energetic. “Start anew every day knowing that exercise, meal preparation, and a balanced diet with a high intake of produce holds tremendous health benefits,” stated Bouquet. “Let’s spread health in 2021 and inspire families to increase their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables to live a more balanced life.”

    Stephanie Bouquet has been a practicing registered dietitian since 1993. She has a focus on weight control, diabetes management, and sports nutrition counseling. Visit sbnutrition.net for additional information.

    Tags: HEALTH NUTRITION RECIPE

    Monterey Bay Parent Magazine

  4. The D’Arrigo Legacy: Three Generations of Leadership in the Produce Industry

    Leave a Comment
    By Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos and Cory Lunde

    What drives an individual or organization to rise above in times of adversity? Why are some defeated by challenges and others thrive and come out ahead? Let’s take a glimpse into produce history to examine the unique parallels between the leadership and legacy built and sustained by D’Arrigo California and Western Growers (WG).

    This story will underscore how initiative, resiliency and determination led to the first, and to date the only grandfather, father, and son trio to hold the prestigious WG chairmanship and how, under the guidance of leaders like the D’Arrigo trio, the association continues to serve its members and prosper after all these years.

    The D’Arrigo story begins in 1907 when, as a teenager, Andrea left his hometown of Messina, Sicily and immigrated to New York through Ellis Island. Four years later, Stefano joined his older brother in the States, settling in the Boston area where he worked in a shoe factory, a woolen mill and a variety of other jobs to make ends meet. He learned English and earned his U.S. citizenship. When the United States entered World War I, Stefano demonstrated his patriotism by serving in the U.S. Army.

    Stefano D’Arrigo 1947

    Following the war, Stefano and his older brother Andrea founded D’Arrigo Brothers Company in 1923, three years before WG was founded in 1926. Two decades later, in 1946, the partnership of D’Arrigo Brothers Company was incorporated into D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of Massachusetts, where Andrea was president, and D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California, where Stefano was president. The stock in each corporation was equally divided between Andrea’s family in the East and Stefano’s family in the West.

    Stefano D’Arrigo saw the value of being a member of WG and in 1937, D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California joined the association. Two years later, Stefano accepted a leadership role when he was elected to the WG board, where he remained active until 1948, and once again in 1950. He became the first D’Arrigo to serve as chairman of the board in 1947 while C.B. Moore was president. Throughout his decade of service on the WG board, Stefano helped lead the association through its early years and both learned lessons and imparted wisdom that would serve WG well for years to come.

    The continuity of D’Arrigo leadership was ensured with the birth of Andrew “Andy” D’Arrigo in 1924. Born in Stockton, CA, to parents Stefano and Concetta Piccioto D’Arrigo, Andy was introduced to the produce world early in life and was eager to follow in his father’s footsteps. At two and a half years of age, Andy was photographed in overalls and his face became the iconic brand image that is the registered trademark of the “Andy Boy” produce label for the family business.

    Andy D’Arrigo 1978

    Upon the death of Andy’s father, Stefano in 1951, his uncle Andrea D’Arrigo (Massachusetts) became president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California and Andy D’Arrigo became vice president. In 1965, when Andrea passed away, Andy D’Arrigo at the age of 41 assumed the office of president and CEO of D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California. His lifelong passion for the family business and produce industry has stemmed from understanding the importance of three fundamental truths: 1) do what you love, 2) do what is right, and 3) do what is in the best interest of everyone involved. These tenets, along with working hard and surrounding himself with savvy and fair individuals, were key components of Andy’s management style that he learned from his father.

    Andy followed Stefano onto the WG Board in 1951, the first of two stints totaling 30 years of service. After stepping off the board in 1962, Andy was again elected in 1967, where he served until 1984. During his three decades on the board, Andy served alongside three different WG presidents: C.B. Moore, Frank Castiglione and Daryl Arnold, with his chairmanship in 1978 coming under Arnold.

    Today, the third generation of D’Arrigo leadership is at the helm of D’Arrigo California. Andy’s son, John, is president, CEO and chairman of the board of D’Arrigo California.

    John D’Arrigo 2004

    Ten years after his father stepped off the WG board, John added his name to the rolls of men and women who have served the association, first from 1994 to 1995, then again from 1997 until the present. His next term, 2021-2022, will mark 28 years of WG board service, just two shy of the D’Arrigo record set by his father. Also, like his father, John has served under three presidents: David Moore, Tom Nassif and Dave Puglia.

    In 2004, John helped the D’Arrigo family make WG history when he became chairman of the board, marking the first time a grandfather, father and son have held the top position.

    Over the last three generations, since 1939, a D’Arrigo has served on the WG board 67 of 82 years, or 82 percent of the time, a testament to the continued faith and reverence the D’Arrigo family places in the association and its mission to serve the produce industry. During this time, the collaborative leadership between the D’Arrigo family and WG has allowed them to collectively champion many key produce industry initiatives, such as environmental stewardship, immigration reform, food safety, and sustainability.

    Like siblings, born just three years apart, D’Arrigo California and Western Growers have grown up in the produce industry together and survived mutual adversity and common challenges. Through the investment of their time, talents and treasures, the D’Arrigo family has demonstrated the type of member commitment that has allowed WG to thrive since its humble beginnings in the Imperial Valley nearly a century ago, and the type of continued leadership that will inevitably pave the way for both to pass their legacies down to another generation of leadership.

  5. D’Arrigo California Launches Newly Redesigned Andy Boy® Website

    Leave a Comment

    D’Arrigo California is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website at www.andyboy.com. The new site features a streamlined, modern design, improved functionality, and easy access to essential Andy Boy® produce information. As we live in a dynamic and constantly evolving produce industry the site serves as a tool to communicate the breadth and depth of the fresh, quality produce the company grows, packs and ships under the Andy Boy® label, the benefits of their multi-pronged business services and corporate responsibility initiatives.

    Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos D’Arrigo Marketing and Communications

    During a time of social distancing, D’Arrigo California is proactively shifting their marketing strategies by using more digital tools to remain relevant and connected to customers and consumers. “We are thrilled to debut the redesign of our website to underscore the expansiveness of our Andy Boy® products, services and corporate responsibility as a 3rd generation farming family company. You can learn more about how the company was started by two immigrant Italian brothers in 1923 and get to know Andy D’Arrigo (currently 96 years old), who is the iconic little boy on the produce logo known as “Andy Boy” that was trademarked in 1927,” stated Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, D’Arrigo California, Marketing and Communications. “The time was right for a website redesign as it captures the daily functions of many departments (production, harvesting, post-harvest, seed research and development, etc.) into one place and translated into Spanish and French which allows each visitor to have the same experience and access to our robust produce history, information and educational videos.”

    Morgan Tinari D’Arrigo Digital and Social Media

    The company will use their social media platforms to drive traffic to their website. “We will continue to share valuable, educational and actionable content on our Andy Boy® social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest). Our posting strategies will be ample in order to drive visitors to our website and from there augment our opportunities to educate and increase brand awareness,” stated Morgan Tinari, D’Arrigo California, Digital and Social Media.

    The D’Arrigo California newly designed website offers a rich and large library of assets to educate customers and consumers in 3 languages – English, Spanish and French:

    • Production, harvesting, and solar videos
    • Beautiful photo and video segments of Andy Boy® fields
    • Delicious and versatile recipes
    • Easy to make cooking videos
    • Printable spec. sheets and health facts for Andy Boy® commoditiesOverview of solar, recycling, social and corporate responsibility practices
    • Overview of solar, recycling, social and corporate responsibility practices
    • Cross dock/consolidation overview and electronic kiosk check-in at cooling/shipping facility in Salinas, CA
  6. Wellness: Change your habits, change your life!

    Leave a Comment

    Why is wellness so difficult to achieve? If we could manage obesity, type 2 diabetes, lower our risks of heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s by consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables – then why aren’t we? Well, the fact is, change is hard!

    Wellness is an interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing healthy choices to create a more successful and balanced lifestyle. Wellness is the framework that you can use to organize, understand, and balance your own growth and development. It is a continuum of self-care, giving yourself permission to get off track and get back on track, and remembering to celebrate your successes along the way.

    Stephanie Bouquet, CEO, SB Nutrition Registered Dietitian/Certified Wellness Coach

    D’Arrigo California has partnered with Stephanie Bouquet, a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics, certified diabetes educator and certified wellness coach to share simple and holistic ways to find wellness and balance this new year. “We have been in the business of growing fresh fruits and vegetables under the Andy Boy label since 1923 and we want to highlight new approaches

    to inspire families to find balance that leads to a healthier lifestyle as we come out of a challenging 2020 year. To help us on this wellness journey, we reached out to Stephanie, C.E.O. of SB Nutrition, as a professional in this field her knowledge and experience make her the perfect partner,” stated Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, D’Arrigo California, Marketing and Communications.

    “As creatures of habit, we must jump in with both feet to start something new that will revolutionize our health outlook and results. It begins with simple daily practices, prepping meals ahead of time, and finding healthy recipes that inspire you in the kitchen and help you attain your wellness goals,” stated Stephanie Bouquet.

    Daily Practices:

    • Make family cooking at home fun. As some say, “families that cook together, stay healthy together.” Also, family cooking promotes fun family time.
    • Encourage your kids to help plan the menu. Kids love to get involved in the kitchen (especially making a mess!) and when they are part of the prep and cooking process they are more willing to try new dishes.
    • Purchase healthy snacks to promote smart “nibbling” choices. Stock up on plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
    • Try to curve snacks that are high in fat, calories, and sugar.
    • Get moving. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.
    • Find a workout partner. A partner will help keep you accountable and inspired to power through workouts.
    • Stay hydrated. Drinking water keeps you hydrated, feeling full, helps maximize physical performance and lubricates your joints, spinal cord, and tissues. Health experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses per day (8×8 rule).
    • Learn to slow down. It takes roughly twenty minutes for the brain and stomach to talk to each other to establish fullness. If you slow your rate of eating, you might find a smaller portion goes a lot farther which also fairs favorably to your waistline.
    • Get enough sleep. Shoot for 6-8 hours of sleep nightly to help regulate appetite, fullness, and blood sugar levels. Try to go to sleep nightly at the same time and avoid distractions (electronic devices, caffeine, and alcohol) close to bedtime for peaceful slumber!

    A simple way to increase produce consumption starts with meal preparation and what you put on your plate. Stephanie shared, “Some of my favorite Andy Boy veggies are broccoli rabe, fennel and sweet baby broccoli. If you need inspiration in the kitchen, check out the trendy and delicious recipes created by influencers that your family and friends are sure to love.”

    Trending Influencer Recipes featuring Andy Boy Produce:

    • Broccoli Rabe Tropical Power Smoothie
    • Fennel and Arugula Salad
    • Instant Pot Thai Green Curry with Broccoli Rabe and Chicken
    •  Sweet Baby Broccoli Pho
    •  Romaine Heart Poke Wraps
    •  Beet, Fennel and Sweet Potato Crostini
    •  Broccoli, Pepper and Turkey Bacon Egg Bites

    Embracing change may not be easy but you can do it! It starts with creating a health and wellness plan that incorporates daily behaviors to help you feel refreshed, replenished, motivated and energetic. “Start anew every day knowing that exercise, meal preparation, and a balanced diet with a high intake of produce holds tremendous health benefits,” stated Bouquet. “Let’s spread health in 2021 and inspire families to increase their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables to live a more balanced life.”

  7. 2.2MW Solar System at D’Arrigo Bros. of California

    Leave a Comment

    CalCom Solar, a leader in design-build solar projects for agribusinesses and water districts, has installed a new 2.2 MW solar power system. “CalCom Solar had the technology and knowledge that helped solar energy work for us, both operationally and financially,” said John D’Arrigo, President/CEO and Chairman of the Board of D’Arrigo Bros.

    To read more please see CalCom Solar Deploys A 2.2MW Solar System at D’Arrigo

     

     

     

     

     

  8. Broccoli Rabe: Fuel Your Body

    Leave a Comment

    Broccoli Rabe fuels professionally trained chef, wellness journalist and five time best-selling cookbook author, Chef Candice Kumai’s active lifestyle. Jam-packed with powerful antioxidants, fiber and iron, Andy Boy Broccoli Rabe is the superfood you can rely on to keep your body healthy and strong.

     

  9. Loblaw 2015 Vendor Development Partnership Award

    Leave a Comment

    D’Arrigo is extremely honored to have received the Loblaw Vendor Development Partnership award for the entire US Western/Mexico Region. The award is a reflection on every D’Arrigo employee and the teamwork it takes as we strive to be the best grower, packer and shipper of high quality fruits and vegetables (conventional and organic) year-round.

    To read more please see D’Arrigo Bros. Wins Loblaw’s 2015 Vendor Development Partnership Award

  10. Greener Fields Together: National Farm Feature

    Leave a Comment

    D’Arrigo is highlighted in the Greener Fields Together News Page as a National Farm Feature. Greener Fields Together is a sustainability program created and administered by PRO*ACT and run by PRO*ACT and its national network of independently-owned local purveyors. As a formalized, stand-alone program, Greener Fields Together engages and involves farmers, distributors, foodservice operators and retail locations in efforts to work toward safer produce from seed to fork.

    See the feature at D’Arrigo Bros. National Farm Feature

    See our Energy and Climate case study