WATSONVILLE, CALIF. - California Giant Berry Farms has earned Sustainably Grown certification in partnership with Measure to Improve LLC (MTI) for its strawberries grown at Satsuma Farms by SCS Global Services. The company said Satsuma Farms is the first strawberry operation in the world to achieve the certification.
California Giant and MTI worked to determine which sustainability certification best met the needs of the company’s growers, ultimately selecting Sustainably Grown. This comprehensive standard uses a triple bottom line approach, addressing issues related to social, environmental and economic sustainability, and mirrors California Giant’s own People, Planet, Product model.
“Sustainably Grown is a challenging certification, but it was the best one for California Giant because it aligns with our own long-term approach to sustainability,” said Joe Barsi, president of California Giant. “This certification reflects our commitment to treating the environment and the people involved in our supply chain right.”
The company will continue working with MTI to roll the certification program out to more of their growers over the next few years.