“We are grateful for Danone’s stewardship of Earthbound Farm during the past two years and for the opportunity to return ownership of this organic fresh produce leader to local roots and family ownership,” the company posted on its website after the deal was finalized.
Earthbound Farm will join the Taylor Farms Retail Group and contribute to its growth in the organic fresh produce category.
“We will build on Earthbound Farm’s tradition of organic authenticity, new variety development and quality focus with expanded regional organic growing and processing capability to better serve Earthbound Farm’s customers and consumers across North America,” Taylor Farms said.
Family-owned Taylor Farms produces salads and fresh foods. It is based in “The Salad Bowl of the World,” Salinas, California. Founded in 1995, the company has 10,000 employees, including 2,000 workers on its Salinas-based Retail Team. Its products include new grilled chicken chopped salads, chopped salad kits, stir fry kits, organic salads and vegetables, on the go salads, classic salads, snack trays, crafted salad kits, organic chopped salad kits, veggie trays, chef-crafted blends, and power greens. The company’s website features recipes using its products.
Earlier this month, representatives from Taylor Farms spoke at a sustainability event in California hosted by Plug and Play Tech Center, a corporate innovation partner of Taylor Farms. Director of Sustainability Nicole Flewell joined a panel comprised of thought leaders from other forward-thinking corporations, including DuPont, Braskem, Fashion for Food and PVH, to discuss sustainability initiatives and challenges across different industries. Flewell shared examples of how Taylor Farms is integrating environmental sustainability into its everyday business with renewable energy, zero waste programs and responsible business practices.