Tanimura & Antle

1 Harris Road, Salinas

(800) 772-4542, www.taproduce.com

T&A has taken the advice that you should eat your vegetables: In 2008, they decided to ditch their salad packing plant, even as the industry as a whole was devoting more energy to bagged salads. “We saw it was distracting from our core business,” CEO Rick Antle says. “That was one of the big aha years for us.” Years like that have been coming steadily since 1982, when two families – one descended from Oklahoma Dust Bowl refugees, the other from Japanese immigrants – merged to launch T&A. They’ve since followed best practices for things like pest control and fertilizer, but Antle says the secret sauce is in something else: people. “We do it by having 2,500 employees who have ownership and accountability.”

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