The Parreira family, founders and partners in RPAC, started farming in the 1920s. In the 1950s they started growing almonds and in the 1970s they became almond huller/shellers. In the mid-1980s the family made the final step toward virtual integration in the almond business. Today, RPAC is a medium-sized processor for brown-skin and in-shell almonds with a yearly turnover of 50 m pounds located in Los Banos in the heart of the Central Valley. The family and their partners Dennis Soares and Paul Ewinghave a passion for innovation. You can feel the spirit visiting their website which offers a complete VR tour of their factory. The next step for the company is a sustainable and intelligent use of ‘everything else’ that an almond farmer produces. And there is a lot of ‘else’.
The Clipper: How many growers work with you – and do you have farms as well?
Paul Ewing:About 10% of almonds come from our own orchards – and we have a lot of ‘friends and family’ suppliers. All in all, we have about 100 growers.
The Clipper: What are your target markets?
Paul Ewing:We ship all over the world, we try to focus more on higher quality – markets that require lower chip and scratch, lower foreign material – a cleaner product.
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