As we monitor the global impact of COVID-19, Jasmine Vineyards is taking a number of steps to ensure uninterrupted service to our customers, while using best practices to maintain the safety and livelihood of our employees. These steps are summarized below.
We hope this document provides a transparent and succinct overview of our activities at Jasmine Vineyards in light of this pandemic, and that it offers some reassurance to our business partners, consumers, and the general public during this unprecedented time. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Jasmine Vineyards, Inc. remains fully operational. The federal Department of Homeland Security has deemed farming an “essential” job that may continue under the shelter-in-place orders issued in California in March 2020. Our Delano, California operation maintains a business continuity plan that adheres to guidelines set forth by federal, state and local agencies. We have direct lines of communication with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Labor (DOL), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) as well as our trade associations and partner organizations with the latest information on COVID-19. We are poised to adopt any new measures to maintain a safe work environment as this situation develops.
Education is the key to safety. The health and safety of our employees and our customers is our top priority. We have instructed employees and customers to stay home if they become sick. Jasmine Vineyards’ management team and crew supervisors are working with local agencies to ensure our employees practice CDC/WHO guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, with specific attention to Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus.
We are closely monitoring operations, supplementing new safety trainings, and posting and distributing high-impact signage to support these efforts. We continually emphasize social distancing and good hygiene practices in and around communal areas such as restrooms, washing stations and break areas. Additionally, the California Farmworker Foundation (CFF), our partner organization, has launched a Farmworker Hotline for anyone with questions on Coronavirus, or needing help connecting to resources and services.
Employee education signage for COVID-19 provided by California Farmworker Foundation (CFF)
Our business continuity plan ensures our customers experience no drop service from Jasmine Vineyards. To help ensure a safe and operational work environment across all departments and facilities – including customer service, sales, cold storage, billing, HR, shipping and fulfillment – we continually instruct employees to follow social distancing and hand-washing guidelines. We emphasize these practices especially during group meetings, lunch breaks, and at hand-washing stations.
We have contacted our outsourced service providers to ensure uninterrupted service for our staff. Our IT equipment, phone and internet are fully functional and we do not anticipate any disruptions in service.
In closing, we are working judiciously around the clock to ensure these added safety measures are met or exceeded. We pride ourselves on our high food safety record, premium grapes enjoyed worldwide, and our exceptional service. Now more than ever, you can count on Jasmine Vineyards to deliver the highest quality grapes you have come to expect. We will continue to update and distribute our Business Continuity Plan with the latest information.
The 2nd Annual Central Valley Pruning Competition took place Saturday, January 25 in Shafter, California. Organized by the California Farmworker Foundation (CFF), the event draws hundreds to cheer on highly skilled competitors armed with pruning shears and fierce determination. The event was also televised on Fresno Telemundo.
And the winners are…
Veronica Gonzalez of Four Star Fruit & Omar Meza of Fowler Packing
Sonia Arredondo of Jasmine Vineyards & Victor Cervantes of Jasmine Vineyards
Marisol Lopez of Fowler Packing & Jesus Sanchez of Jasmine Vineyards
Sonia, Victor and Jesus earned 3 of the top 6 spots in the competition. Go Team Jasmine!
We attempted to do just that with a “A Year in Pictures” – a compilation of highlights here at Jasmine Vineyards. (Notice those baby Great Greens at the beginning, compared to later in the video?!) We hope you enjoy.
The Last Pallet
And…nothing puts a bright, shiny bow on top of a busy grape season like this snapshot taken earlier this week:
Pictured with the very last pallet before it ships: Sara Diaz, Sales and Shipping; Aurora from Elite Transport; Karla Camacho, Shipping clerk; and Tony Barajas, Dock supervisor.
We want to thank YOU – our industry friends and consumers – for making 2019 a success.
Stay tuned for occasional updates during the dormant and pre-harvest season ahead.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday. ☃️🥂
The staff & crew at Jasmine Vineyards
In early November, Luis Katsurayama had the rare opportunity of meeting with California Governor, Gavin Newsom.
“I think it went really well and he was very receptive of our concerns,” Katsurayama remarked of the meeting attended by select industry representatives.
Discussion included agriculture labor policies affecting farmworkers, and efforts to shape a better future for both California farms and farmworkers.
Both contractors and growers (like Jasmine Vineyards) expressed concerns to the governor about current policies. Newsom agreed there was room for improvement, and suggested that a small group collaborate on the top five issues that need addressing at the capitol. Newsom indicated he would encourage legislators to join in the discussion to find solutions.
On February 26, 2020, a group of farmworkers will meet in Sacramento to meet with legislators face to face. Governor Newsom indicated he will make an appearance.
Further support from Univision, including PSAs for educational campaigns, was offered toward improved policies.
Overall, the meeting with Governor Newsom was highly productive. “We’re all hoping a lot of good change can come from this,” said Katsurayama.
Luis Katsurayama is also a Board Member of the California Farmworker Foundation. As seen in the CFF Board Member Spotlight:Luis was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona, but spent most of his time working in farms in the State of Sonora, Mexico. Luis’ time in Sonora was spent in family farms where his family would grow and sell squash to Japan. After graduating from High School, Luis went to college in Yuma, and then began working for a hispanic media company as a Marketing Manager. In 2000, Luis went back to his roots and began his own business as an independent distributor and broker of leafy greens. In 2014, Luis joined Jasmine Vineyards, where he oversees the farming and food safety operations for the company. Luis currently lives in Temecula with his wife Gina, his daughter Isabella, and his dog, Nico, the Labrador.
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