“A trustee would look at the list of creditors and any special circumstances,” Webber said, “but there is no trust like PACA provides in the U.S.”
Having begun as a produce supplier in 1929 with Burt Clifford at the helm, the company evolved into a group of 10 grower-owners when the founder retired in 1976, according to the company website. That same year the company began marketing under the Paysanne brand as well as the Clifford Produce banner.
In 2005 the company name was updated to its current form from the previous Clifford Produce Co., but ownership did not change. Ten more growers joined Clifford in April 2009, bringing the total to 20.
As of April 23, 15 growers were pictured on the Clifford Produce website along with the commodities they grow. They are:
• Domenic Cristofari, mini cucumbers and peppers;
• Ercole DiMenna, cucumbers;
• John DiPietro, cucumbers;
• Alfredo and Tony Gualitieri, beefsteak tomatoes and peppers;
• Jake Klassen, cucumbers and eggplant;
• Angelo Mastronardi, tomatoes on the vine;
• Dave and Luca Mastronardi, English cucumbers and mini cucumbers;
• Steve Mastronadri, beefsteak and tomatoes on the vine;
• Jimmy Simoni, beefsteak tomatoes;
• Guy Totaro, cucumbers;
• Reno Vespa, tomatoes on the vine; and
• Dale and Curtis Williams, English seedless cucumbers.