Christopher Ranch® Accelerates The "Fight for 15" Movement

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California-based garlic grower commits to $15/hour minimum wages for all employees by 2018

Ken Christopher (left) and Bill Christopher (right) with premium Christopher Ranch garlic. (PRNewsFoto/Christopher Ranch)

California-based garlic grower commits to $15/hour minimum wages for all employees by 2018

GILROY, Calif., Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Christopher Ranch, the nation's largest grower, packer, and shipper of California heirloom garlic for the fresh market is accelerating the $15/hour minimum wage bill, passed by California Legislation, four years earlier than required by the state.

Recently, California moved to increase the state-wide minimum wage to $15/hour by 2022.  However, Christopher Ranch plans to meet those expectations in 2018 with an increase to $13/hour in 2017 and then to $15/hour by July 2018, making them one of the only businesses in the United States to make that commitment.

As one of the biggest employers in South Santa Clara County in California, the company is proud to join the "Fight for 15" Movement because it aligns with their promise to invest in and take care of their employees. Christopher Ranch is accelerating the movement in order to equip workers with a living wage that will allow them to provide more for their families.

"Our commitment to corporate social responsibility is a cornerstone for our company, and we want to be an example not only for California-based companies, but for agribusiness as a whole," said Ken Christopher, third-generation farmer and vice president at Christopher Ranch. "We believe that investing in people is one of the best things we can do to support our employees and their families – when our employees thrive, so does our business."

Christopher Ranch is not only dedicated to helping their employees, but is also focused on how they can enhance their community in Gilroy, CA. When Christopher Ranch products are purchased, the premium attached is re-invested into the community to help it thrive. The company supports local community outreach and has been able to sponsor a Head Start Preschool and donate acreage to the school district for the building of a new high school – all of which was made possible from the community's support of this local, family business.

"As a family-owned business, we can't think of a more important investment than people," Christopher continued. "Raising our minimum wage is just one of many things we commit to, in order to show the community and our team members how much we appreciate and value their support and business."

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