Mann’s People & Growers

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The Nucci and Ramsey families proudly carry on the traditions put in place by Mr. Cy Mann back in 1939. Now in our third generation,Mann’s continues to thrive as an industry leader and innovate into the future.

We recognize our biggest asset is that of our longstanding and trusted relationships with our exceptional grower partners. The level of trust and collaboration that we have allow Mann’s to continually meet demand and offer the freshest, most wholesome products in the marketplace today.

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Costa Farms California
Spanning three generations now, the Costa family has been farming in California’s “Salad Bowl”—the Salinas Valley—for over 55 years. Anthony Costa moved from Wakefield, MA to Los Banos, CA in 1939 when he was 11 years old. In 1956, Anthony started Costa Farms growing sugar beets. In the late 1950’s, Mr. Costa expanded the business and began farming leaf lettuce, as well as green onions. Anthony (“Mr. C”) and his wife Elsie are always dedicated to the family business.
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Their children, Mike Costa, David Costa and Joanne (Costa) Moline, as well as grandchildren Colby Pereira and Peter Dossche proudly carry on the family farming tradition today.

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For over twenty five years, Costa Farms and Mann Packing have partnered to grow thirty-five different field commodities including broccoli, cauliflower, multiple lettuce varieties, celery, bok choy, cabbage, kale, parsley, cilantro and the one and only, Broccolini®, which is a Mann’s trademarked item.

In 2005, Costa Farms revolutionized lettuce harvesting with the invention and manufacturing of a whole leaf lettuce machine. An integral step in eliminating waste, the machine mechanically de-leafs an entire head of leaf lettuce into individual leaves. Ever the innovators, again in 2009, Costa Farms invented and manufactured a broccoli floret machine that mechanically takes the harvested broccoli crowns, and cuts them into individual florets.

Today, Costa Farms employs more than seventy people. Their staff is dedicated to quality, innovation and food safety.

Vessey & Company, Inc.
Vessey and Company is a fourth generation produce grower and shipper, located in the Imperial Valley of California. The Vessey family grows 25 different kinds of fruits and vegetables, along with hay and grain.

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Sustainability is not just a buzz word at Vessey, it’s something that’s practiced daily and vigilantly through land and water management programs. This family company believes it can leave its land to future generations in the same, or better, condition than when they acquired it.

California farmers banded together to form the California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). The stringent requirements set forth in this agreement have been developed by people within the industry, university scientists and food safety experts. Vessey and Company is proud to be a signatory of the LGMA and their company vice-president, Jack Vessey, is a current board member. Continually striving to exceed expectations and industry standards relative to food safety, Vessey is also proud of the company’s ongoing commitment to the health and welfare of the people who consume the products it grows.

Bengard Ranch
The Bengard family has been farming in California’s Salinas Valley since the late 1850s. This rich legacy is the foundation for Bengard Ranch, one of the largest grower-shippers of vegetables in the United States. The company prides itself on being a consistent, reliable year-round supplier. Between California, Arizona and Florida, Bengard Ranch farms more than 11,000 acres. The company has been Mann’s growing partner for 50 years.

In addition to broccoli, Bengard Ranch grows several other commodities including lettuce, peas, parsley, cilantro, green onions, spinach, kale, garlic, strawberries, raspberries, prunes, almonds, avocados, walnuts, tomatoes, melons, cotton and grain. The company is also a major beef producer.