Before interstate highways, road networks, or refrigeration technology existed, Stephen D’Arrigo arrived in Central California and recognized its rich, fertile farmland as the perfect climate for growing vegetables. So in 1926, he used the great American Railroads to ship a crop of fresh vegetables nearly 3,000 miles across the country to his brother Andrew D’Arrigo in Massachusetts for the first time in history – and part of California’s booming agriculture industry was born.
The company expanded from Massachusetts to California, then to New York, and eventually became the first brand of fresh vegetables in the U.S., under the name Andy Boy. With third generation D’Arrigo family members at the core of its Salinas-based operations, Andy Boy has maintained its reputation as a leading business for packing, growing and shipping in the produce industry for more than 90 years.
D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California remains a pioneer in modern agriculture. In 2015, the company installed 7,200 solar panels capable of generating 2MW of power and reducing energy costs by 40 percent. In 2016, it more than doubled the size of its state-of-the-art cooling system, maximizing efficiency, reducing its carbon footprint, and enabling higher volumes of shipments in a new partnership with produce giant Driscoll’s.
Philanthropy is just one corporate social responsibility practice among many others for D’Arrigo Bros. Co, of California. The company is a proud sponsor of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Ag Leadership Council (TALC), an organization that has enabled the Natividad Medical Center to provide medical equipment and services for 15 hospital units and programs. The company is also a partner of Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, a program that helps at-risk youth become responsible citizens. Additionally, D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California supports local schools, community colleges, select universities, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County, as well as Monterey County Ag Education and Ag Against Hunger.