Mann Packing Marks Diamond Anniversary
Mann Packing will kick off its 75th anniversary on Feb. 27, when it will be recognized by the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce as the Large Business of the Year for 2014.
To commemorate its Diamond Anniversary milestone, Mann’s will retool its packaging this year and will launch several new products and packaging concepts. The company will host a celebration on July 13 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for its employees and special guests, and will celebrate the company’s anniversary throughout the year at industry trade show events.
“We are honored and proud to celebrate our 75th anniversary in a very competitive industry often filled with trials and tribulations,” said Lorri (Nucci) Koster, chairman and CEO. “We credit our adherence to quality and ability to adapt to changing market needs as a key to our success. We thank our employees and growers for their contributions towards helping us reach this significant milestone.”
Core Values, Quality People
Koster cited the company’s “core values of honor, quality, vision and passion” as being instrumental to its continued success. “Where we come from matters; it’s important to remember the amazing people who helped build this company to what it is today. It’s our turn at the helm to shepherd Mann Packing into the future for many years to come.”
Founded in 1939 by H.W. “Cy” Mann as a carrot packing operation, the Salinas, Calif.-based company began growing broccoli for frozen food companies. Mann saw potential for the then relatively unknown vegetable and began shipping broccoli to America’s heartland.
Mann Packing Co. funded the first market basket nutritional study of broccoli at the USDA along with the Produce Marketing Association, which unveiled the product’s superior nutritional content. After the study was publicized, shipments of fresh broccoli increased 940 percent between 1970 and 1985. At one time, Mann Packing was the world’s largest grower-shipper of fresh broccoli.
Mann’s has a long history of innovation and is now one of North America’s leading suppliers of fresh and fresh-cut vegetables for the retail, wholesale and foodservice markets. The company’s current signature items include Broccoli Cole Slaw, Broccolini, Stringless Sugar Snap Peas, Simply Singles whole leaf products, Arcadian Harvest petite whole lettuce leaves, Better Burger leaf and Scarlett Butter lettuce.
Now owned by the Nucci and Ramsey families, Mann Packing has been a family-owned and -operated company for three generations. Today more than 65 percent of the company’s shareholders are women making it a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC).