Pacific Tomato provides employees free health care

12/16/2013 04:50:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Pacific Tomato Growers Ltd., provided its workers with free health care resources during a Dec. 14 health fair.

Pacific Tomato GrowersAs part of the company’s holiday celebration for it employees, the Palmetto, Fla.-based tomato grower-shipper offered its workers community health resources and free preventative services, according to a news release.

More than a thousand people participated in the event at Pacific’s Immokalee, Fla., farm.

Pacific worked with local health providers to bring its employees free services that included eye exams, flu shots, glucose testing and nutritional information that the employees may not otherwise receive, according to the release.

Besides the preventative health services, workers and their families enjoyed holiday food, music, activities and games, including face painting and a dunk tank featuring members of Pacific’s staff.

Eye Centers of Florida and Walgreens were among the local vendors that participated and supplied health information, according to the release.

“We have a deep concern for our co-workers’ health and well-being and this event was one way to celebrate our appreciation for each other,” Jon Esformes, operating partner, said in the release. “It’s the perfect time of year for an event like this. We’re in the midst of harvest and our entire team has worked to ensure that it will be one of our most successful yet. This holiday event was a way to come together as a company to celebrate life and why we do what we do — grow fresh fruits and vegetables.”

Along with Tracy, Calif.-based Pacific Triple E Produce Corp., the fourth-generation, family-owned Pacific also grows and markets Sunripe- and Suncoast-branded round tomatoes from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and from Baja, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Sonora Mexico.



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