Taylor Farms

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Taylor Farms
Founded1995 as Taylor Fresh Foods
HeadquartersSalinas, California, USA
Key people
Bruce Taylor, CEO
ProductsLettuce, Broccoli, Cauliflower, other Vegetables
Number of employees

Taylor Fresh Foods (known as Taylor Farms) is an American-based producer of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Founded by former Fresh Express (now with Chiquita) founder and CEO Bruce Taylor in 1995 with the goal of becoming "America's Favorite Salad Maker," Taylor Farms currently ranks as the world's largest processor of fresh-cut vegetables.[2] The company distributes to restaurants like McDonald's and Chipotle and some school districts through parties like Golden State Foods[3]


Bruce Taylor followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and became the third generation to work in the fresh produce business. He initially founded Fresh Express, which was acquired by Wahquita Brands. In 1995, he and several partners then formed Taylor Farms, which partners with 100+ Salinas Valley farm operations.[4]

In May 2011, Taylor Farms acquired River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC as a wholly owned subsidiary.[5] River Ranch closed in 2013.[6]

In August 2015, Taylor Farms inaugurated its downtown Salinas headquarters, a 100,000 square feet, $38 million facility, home to approximately 150 employees working in all three Taylor Farms segments; Foodservice, Retail, and Deli.[7][8]


With products that range from tossing salads to freshly prepared meals, Taylor Farms supplies many of the largest supermarket chains and foodservice restaurants in the United States.[9] Taylor Farms headquarters are located in Salinas, California with 2,000 employees; and with regional processing plants for another 8,000 employees in the following locations: Salinas, California; Tracy, California; Gonzales, California; Yuma, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Smyrna, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Annapolis Junction, Maryland; Swedesboro, New Jersey; Quonset, Rhode Island; Chicago, Illinois; Kent, Washington and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. [9]

As is true for all large agribusinesses, Taylor Farms can have difficulties with labor shortages and labor contractors, and salaries.[10][11] In addition, some have complained that they abused the 'temporary worker' contractors by keeping the 'temporary' employees as low-salaried long-term employees.[12][13]

In 2012, Taylor Farms introduced fuel cell technology as an energy efficiency development, cutting energy costs by 30% at that facility.[14] They are striving to eliminate all fossil fuels and have developed a facility utilizing co-generation, wind, and solar.[15][16]

Taylor Farms invests in new technology development through the THRIVE program of the CSUMB.[17] It automates much of the drudgery work.[18]

Food safety recalls[edit]

Taylor was one of the companies whose products were recalled due to food safety concerns in 2011, including a May recall of salads mixed with grape tomatoes supplied by Florida growers and an October recall of salad blends produced by Taylor. No illnesses related to consumption of the recalled products were reported.[19][20] Additional product recalls in 2012 included mangoes voluntarily removed August 30 by Taylor Farms New Jersey and retailers from East Coast food stores in four states.[21] Drew McDonald, vice president of national quality systems for Taylor, had testified at a 2009 house panel convened to consider the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. While stressing the value of collaboration between food producers and government regulators, Mr. McDonald took issue with the bill's proposal to allow FDA quarantines of areas from which unsafe food had its origin.[2]

Teamsters Union protest[edit]

In 2016, protesters from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters gathered up in front of Chipotle restaurants to try to pressure them to recognize their supplier Taylor Farm so recognize the union and negotiate.[22]


  1. ^ https://www.taylorfarms.com/our-story/
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  3. ^ Chamlee, Virginia (2016-04-14). "Why Chipotle Is Getting Hit With Farm Worker Protests". Eater. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  4. ^ "Our Story - Taylor Farms". Taylorfarms.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Taylor Fresh Foods acquires River Ranch". Thepacker.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  6. ^ "River Ranch fails to 'regain viability,' closes". Packer. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  7. ^ Donnel, Jessica (18 August 2015). "Taylor Farms Opens its New Salinas Headquarters". Andnowuknow.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Produce giant Taylor Farms buys new Salinas building - from itself - for nearly $38 million". Montereycountyweekly.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Taylor Farms Locations". Taylor Fresh Foods. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  10. ^ "Taylor Farms and employees reach pay raise agreement". Thecalifornian.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Low-Wage Movement Strikes Fast Food Processing at Taylor Farms". Counterpunch.org. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  12. ^ Main, Capital and (28 May 2014). "The Dirty Truth Behind Fast Food Lettuce". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018 – via Huff Post.
  13. ^ Carroll, Rory (23 November 2014). "Billion-dollar California salad company exploits undocumented migrants, say workers and Teamsters". the Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  14. ^ "CORRECTED: Alternative energy powers Taylor Farms salads". Thepacker.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Taylor Farms wants to make food without fossil fuels". Techcrunch.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Taylor Farms Introduces Largest Solar Installation To Date". Foodmanufacturing.com. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Taylor Farms & THRIVE Continue To Invest In The Next Wave Of AgTech Innovation - PerishableNews". www.perishablenews.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Ag-tech: The automated farm". Sfchronicle.com. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  19. ^ Rizzo, Denise Ellen (4 May 2011), "Salads with grape tomatoes recalled", Tracy Press, retrieved 10 September 2012
  20. ^ Lunsfod, Mackensy (20 October 2011), "Taylor Farms recalls 3,625 cases of salad blends due to potential salmonella contamination", Mountain Express, archived from the original on 2011-10-22, retrieved 2019-09-11
  21. ^ Collins, Nikkita (4 September 2012), "Mangoes recalled from campus Wawa", The Daily Pennsylvanian, retrieved 10 September 2012
  22. ^ Castellon, David. "Union targets Taylor Farms through Chipotle". The Salinas Californian. Retrieved 2020-10-20.

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