Mann Packing Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with Fun, Food and a Look Back
SALINAS, CA – Mann Packing has reached a milestone – its 75th anniversary. Mann celebrated the event with a party at the Monterey County fairground. The event featured food, entertainment, activities and a walk through the Mann Museum for all the visitors, which chronicled the past 7 ½ decades since the company was established.
“We are honored and proud to celebrate our 75th anniversary in a very competitive industry often filled with trials and tribulations,” said Lorri (Nucci) Koster, Chairman and CEO. “We credit our adherence to quality and ability to adapt to changing market needs as a key to our success. We thank our employees and growers for their contributions towards helping us reach this significant milestone. Our core values of honor, quality, vision and passion are something we focus on daily. Where we come from matters; it’s important to remember the amazing people who helped build this company to what it is today. It’s our turn at the helm to shepherd Mann Packing into the future for many years to come.”
The company was founded in 1939 by H.W. “Cy” Mann and was a carrot packing operation. Soon after, it started growing broccoli for frozen food companies. Mann saw potential in the relatively unknown vegetable and began shipping broccoli around America.
Mann Packing Company funded the first market basket nutritional study of broccoli at the USDA along with the Produce Marketing Association. With the publication of that study, shipments of fresh broccoli increased 940% between 1970 and 1985, according to a press release.
Mann Packing has been a family-owned and operated company for three generations and is currently owned by the Nucci and Ramsey families. With more than 65% of its shareholders being women, it is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC).
Congratulations on reaching this milestone!