Giumarra Borquez Uses Fair Trade Funds to Build Dental, Optometry Centers for Community

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CONTACT:
The Giumarra Companies
Megan Schulz
Tel: 213.627.2900
E-mail: mschulz@giumarra.com
Web: www.giumarra.com

LOS ANGELES – Sep. 25, 2014 – Giumarra Borquez announces that its Fair Trade Certified™ growing partner, Campos Borquez, recently completed the construction of dental and optometry centers for its employees and their family members in the city of Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.

The two new facilities were built adjacent to the existing employee health care center. Farm worker community development funds from Giumarra Borquez’s participation in the Fair Trade program were used to build the new centers, and will also be used to operate it.

“We view the care of our coworkers, their families, and our neighboring communities with utmost importance. Our community involvement is as vital to us as providing high quality products to our customers,” says Pablo Borquez Almada, president of Campos Borquez.

The partnership between Giumarra and Campos Borquez is a vertically-integrated operation that grows, packs, and distributes asparagus to the North American market. The asparagus is packed under the Nature’s Partner label, and may also be marketed as Fair Trade Certified.

“As our partnership continues to grow, we are thrilled to be a part of the achievements of Pablo Borquez and his family, including becoming the first asparagus grower in the world to be certified by Fair Trade USA in 2012,” says Bruce Dowhan, vice president and general manager of Giumarra Borquez. “Pablo has been working to better his community since the early 1990s, and we expect to see more employee-voted improvements with the continued growth of the Fair Trade program.”

Giumarra Borquez will begin shipping its fall asparagus crop in October and expects a substantial increase in volume this year, with ample supplies to support promotions for Fair Trade, as well as the upcoming holidays.

To learn more about Pablo Borquez Almada’s story and Giumarra Borquez, please view the video here: https://vimeo.com/105895333

About the Giumarra Companies & Campos Borquez

The Giumarra Companies is a leading international network of fresh produce growers, distributors, and marketers that encompasses a world of freshness. Since its inception in 1922, the Giumarra group of companies has taken pride in a longstanding commitment and tradition of quality, reliability and innovation to feed the world in a healthy way. For more information, visit:  www.giumarra.com.

Campo Pablo Borquez S.A. de C.V. is a world-class company that distributes fresh, healthy, high quality asparagus during the months of October through May. The company is a fourth generation grower and is based in Sonora, Mexico. For more information, visit: www.campopabloborquez.com.

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A Campos Borquez employee (left) is treated by an optometry center employee. Download high resolution image here.

A Campos Borquez employee (left) is treated by an optometry center employee. Download high resolution image here.

The employee optometry, dental, and health facilities are pictured side by side in Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. Download high resolution image here.

The employee optometry, dental, and health facilities are pictured side by side in Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. Download high resolution image here.