Christopher Ranch executive vice president Ken Christopher stands with grandfather and company founder Don. ( Ken Christopher )

Garlic shipper Christopher Ranch now offers a corporate minimum wage of $15 an hour.

The increase is the second significant one in the last two years for the Gilroy, Calif., company. It also raised the wage from $11 an hour to $13 an hour in 2017, according to a news release. More than 600 full-time employees at the Christopher Ranch headquarters are affected by the recent increase to $15 an hour.

“We’re at full employment, which is quite the achievement in modern day agribusiness,” executive vice president Ken Christopher said.

The company has raised its wages ahead of the scheduled state-mandated increases; the minimum for large employers hits $13 an hour in 2020 and $15 an hour in 2022.

“Corporate social responsibility is the very foundation of what makes Christopher Ranch a great company,” Christopher said in the release. “Paying our workers a higher hourly rate feels right and has proven to be a smart business decision as well.

“By ensuring a stable workforce with reduced turnover, we can maintain consistently high levels of quality and safety,” Christopher said. “That translates into better products for our customers, tangible bottom-line savings for our company and a better quality of life for our workers and their families.”

Submitted by R Henry on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:18

Many successful family businesses fall apart under management of the third generation. Kinda see that happening here in about 10 years.

Submitted by Tom on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 15:55

Christopher Ranch is a great company but will $15.00 an hour keep retailers from buying Chinese garlic or Mexican strawberries,I think not,all good deeds come with a price,best of luck

Submitted by Joel S. on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:29

The guys below must not be anywhere near California or the Salinas Valley. Even people who sell ice cream cones can't keep good employees' without paying good $$$.