CORONA, CA, November 27, 2023 — Veg-Fresh Farms BB #:130688 proudly announces significant advancements in employee health and morale following the EFI certification of two packing facilities and citrus fields. The initial certification, completed in September, set a record-tying pace.
Veg-Fresh Farms partners with farmers in California and Mexico to provide year-round conventional and organic fresh fruits and vegetables to customers nationwide. Jasmin Amigon, Veg-Fresh Food Safety and Social Responsibility Coordinator, credits a positive culture shift in their facilities to their work with EFI. “EFI has provided mind-opening guidance not just for management but for our entire workforce, farmworkers included,” she commented.
The certification prompted Veg-Fresh to establish monthly in-person sessions for management to connect with workers, fostering open communication. This initiative led to the implementation of a suggestion box, monthly forklift training, a facility-wide recycling program, and enhanced safety measures, creating a more secure work environment.
Molly Williams, Veg-Fresh’s Food Safety and Organic Compliance Coordinator, stressed the value of enabling workers to express ideas and concerns, a novel concept before EFI certification. Williams highlighted the positive impact of small changes, such as incorporating stretches to mitigate injuries. “Adherence to EFI principles showcase how these minor adjustments profoundly impact our organizations’ well-being.”
Adriana Martinez, Director of Certification Programs for EFI, expressed admiration for Veg-Fresh’s swift and committed approach, noting, “Their quick identification of facility needs, and rapid execution is impressive. The positive impact on communication, morale, and workplace safety sets a high standard for the industry.”
Through this certification, Veg-Fresh has not just met but set new benchmarks for industry standards in fostering communication, enhancing morale, and prioritizing workplace safety.
About Veg-Fresh Farms
Veg-Fresh Farms is a third-generation, family-run agribusiness that has been a trusted supplier of fresh produce to national food service chains and national retailers for decades. Operating under the Veg-Fresh Farms, Crystal Cove Berry Farms, Pure Citrus, Sweet King, On Flavor and Good Life Organic brands, the company is known for its commitment to quality, sustainability, and innovation in the fresh produce industry.
Equitable Food Initiative BB #:385632 is a nonprofit certification and skill-building organization that seeks to increase transparency in the food supply chain and improve the lives of farmworkers through a team-based approach to training and continuous improvement practices. EFI brings together growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumers to solve the most pressing issues facing the fresh produce industry. Its unparalleled approach sets standards for labor practices, food safety and pest management while engaging workers at all levels on the farm to produce Responsibly Grown, Farmworker Assured® fruits and vegetables. For more information about Equitable Food Initiative, visit equitablefood.org