If Bugs Bunny were to visit Grimmway, he would think he'd died and gone to heaven. The company, which does business as Grimmway Farms, produces everything carrot -- from bagged carrots to carrot coins, carrot juice, carrot sticks, and good ol' carrot bunches. It is, in fact, the world's largest producer of baby carrots under the Bunny Luv label; it sells organic vegetables under the Cal-Organic Farms name. The company processes the crops grown on some 40,000 acres of California farmland. Grimmway's fresh carrots are sold at food retailers and foodservice operators worldwide. As if carrots weren't enough, it also offers potatoes and citrus fruits. The family-owned company was formed by Rod and Bob Grimm in 1968.
Looking to diversify its products portfolio, provide its customers with more options that are healthy, and expand its snacks segment, Grimmway in late 2010 partnered with Vancouver-based EnWave Corporation to develop and test a variety of dried vegetable products using EnWave's nutraREV dehydration technology. If the testing collaboration seems promising, the pair plans to expand its agreement to include a commercial license and machine order by the end of 2011. – less