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July 6, 2017

Straight Talk: Weeks 27, 28, 29

Supply Forecast: July 3rd – July 22nd

The marine layer of the Monterey Peninsula continues to insulate the Northern Salinas Valley from the summer heat of the surrounding regions.  High temperatures are rarely exceeding 70 degrees, which has slowed the growth of many crops.  While quality remains excellent, harvest estimates have been gradually reduced for many crops.  Seasonal planting adjustments kick in over the next several weeks in preparation for “locally grown” programs that pop up across the US and Canada.  The 4th of July holiday pull cleaned up any excess production leading into the seasonal planting adjustment.  Many grower/shippers did not harvest on the actual holiday that landed on a Tuesday this year, which will keep inventories tight into the middle of the week and should aid in market stabilization and in some cases strength.

We’re here to help.  Tanimura & Antle officially launched Sunday Loading this past weekend.  The program is exclusively available to our delivered customers.  If you are currently a delivered customer and interested in loading on Sunday, reach out to your Tanimura & Antle sales representative.  If you are strictly FOB, ask about our delivered program and its numerous benefits.

Did You Know?

Tanimura & Antle’s hydroponics facility can produce 50 times more lettuce per acre with 93% less water and 90% fewer fertilizer as compared to conventional growing.  Tanimura & Antle’s 17 acre hydroponic facility in Livingston, TN is one of the largest of its kind in the United States.  The facility utilizes water floating technology to grow lettuce with no soil.  This facility produces butter lettuce with 16 crop rotations resulting in one acre production equals to 50 conventional acres on annual basis. Since there is no waste or leaching of water and fertilizers, this facility utilizes 93% less water and 90% fewer fertilizers for crop production. This facility does not use any herbicides.

Tanimura & Antle’s 2017 Summer Intern Program

We’re Cultivating More than Vegetables!

This summer, like every summer for the past 30 years, we welcomed a class of summer interns to our Salinas operations. An impressive group descended on Spreckels beginning in May — all eager, intelligent and engaged. This year’s crop includes up-and-comers from as far as Middlebury College in Vermont and Purdue University in Indiana to as close as our local Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California State University Monterey Bay, and Hartnell College. They’re taking on projects and racking up achievements in Farm Services, Human Resources, Production, Sales, Food Safety, Agronomy, IT, Marketing, Commodity Management and Transportation — across the breadth of the company. And every member of the class participates in our two-day intensive Tanimura & Antle Academy (just held last week) where they go deep on every function of the company, regardless of their summer assignment.

This win-win program is near and dear to our hearts. On the one hand, we believe it’s our responsibility to share our knowledge and expertise with the next generation of leaders in our industry, to provide that practical lab where they can take what they’re learning in school and see how it all works in the real world. On the other hand, we also get an infusion of fresh ideas from bright young minds while developing relationships with potential future employees. The results? A rousing success. Over the years, our internship program has been our introduction to many with the right combination of attitude, ownership and accountability who have become long-term Tanimura & Antle employees.