Associate and Workplace Initiatives and
How We Are Accomplishing Them:
Health & Safety Initiatives
Each of our facilities has a health and safety manager who leads developmental training, addresses issues, and takes precautionary measures to prevent any injury.

We provide preventative healthcare for our Associates which includes access to a variety of medical services. Their mental and emotional health is also top priority. This is why we have created programs like our “Sweet Life” initiative, which gives Associates access to psychologists and one-on-one therapy. Additionally, our “Sweet Family” program is a 16-week course that educates our Associates on human development, with topics such as parenting, and emotional intelligence, to name a few.

Training and Education
NatureSweet provides extensive training opportunities for our Associates. We focus on communication, trust, conflict resolution, and problem-solving. Our success led to certification by the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) in 2016, and we continue our commitment to transform the lives of agricultural workers in North America.

Continuing education is also critical to our success. Our programs have taught Associates to read, write, and receive their high school degrees. In 2021, close to 150 Associates earned their high school diplomas through NatureSweet.

Commitment to a Respectful Workplace
By providing all Associates with a place to share their ideas, transformational wages, and a trusting work environment without retaliation, we’ve created a place where our people AND our produce flourish together.
Engaging Associates in Labor/Manager Collaboration
A collaborative work team representing both workers and managers has been created to reflect the workforce in terms of gender, regions, and work functions. This EFI Team meets regularly to identify and address issues to improve working conditions. All Associates are encouraged to submit issues, ideas and suggestions to the team to improve our greenhouses and create even better places to work.
Fair Trade Certified
In 2021, NatureSweet launched Fair Trade Certified products across stores in the USA. Fair Trade certification requires regular evaluation by independent auditors to ensure requirements are met. Fair Trade focuses on social and environmental responsibility, meaning the well-being of the NatureSweet Associates growing and processing your delicious produce, and the environment around them.
Food Safety Initiatives and
How We Are Accomplishing Them:
Creating a Culture of Food Safety
All of our Associates are trained to recognize and respond to food safety hazards. They are also trained in a detailed health and hygiene policy, where they also learn to identify illness and will be reassigned to tasks not involving direct contact with produce.
Traceability
The NatureSweet story begins with our powerful Associates. In addition to the Fair Trade seal, each Cherubs®, Glorys®, and Constellation™ package sold nationally at Walmart and Kroger (and beyond) has a FoodID code on the bottom. Each time someone scans the QR code, they learn exactly where their NatureSweet tomatoes were grown. A video introduces them to one of our Associates, and a quick tour gives our consumers a glimpse of what makes our tomatoes unique. It’s all a part of our corporate initiative towards full traceability. As a vertically integrated company, we have full visibility of our tomatoes from seed to shelf, and we choose to share that transparency with our consumers.
Assessing Systems
Our water sources and systems are assessed for risk, quality, and safety standards. Our facilities, equipment, and procedures are designed and monitored to reduce potential for contamination from water, allergens, microbials, and chemicals.
Environmental Initiatives and
How We Are Accomplishing Them:
Water & Energy Conservation
Water for irrigation at all of our greenhouses is drawn from NatureSweet’s own water wells, drilled hundreds of feet deep and monitored regularly for purity.

NatureSweet greenhouses use 58% less water than open field farms. Our drip irrigation systems help us to improve water conservation. We are also working to install a water recirculation system that will allow us to decrease the usage of both water, and fertilizer.

Our energy conservation plan has led to an 8% reduction in electricity consumption. To continue our trend of reducing energy consumption, plans are in the works to install solar panels at our packaging facilities.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
NatureSweet leads with an approach of integrated pest management (IPM) which focuses on long-term prevention through ecosystem management. IPM drives all pest management decisions and reduces the risk to people and the environment. We monitor regularly to identify pests and determine if they are a threat. If found, we employ a host of methods – biological, cultural and physical – prior to use of chemical controls.
Packaging & Recycling
We have redesigned the packaging of several NatureSweet products to be made with highly recyclable PET plastics. Soon, our snacking tomato packaging will be 100 percent recycled and recyclable PET. We have also decreased the amount of cardboard in our shipping trays by more than 10%. Additionally, our retail boxes were redesigned so that more product fits into each pallet, reducing transport costs and emissions.

About half of the inorganic waste at NatureSweet is recycled. Our hydroponic production uses a coconut substrate to grow our famous tomatoes. We are exploring options to recycle the substrate, as well.

Sustainability Programs
Leveraging their professional expertise, our Associates supported tree-planting programs and made improvements at a local water-treatment facility.

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More than 5% of the land NatureSweet owns is used for the conservation of habitats. There are more than 110 species of local fauna and this includes endangered species. Our protected land is also used to support the conservation of pollinator species such as bees, butterflies, and bats.

Quality Initiatives and
How We Are Accomplishing Them:
Quality Assurance
All of NatureSweet’s tomatoes are grown in greenhouses which allow us to grow the perfect plants year-round. We regularly review the greenhouses, and we do a process audit to ensure that the tomatoes are harvested in the correct conditions.

We train our Associates to ensure everything is done with best practices — this includes hand washing, pest control, cleaning and disinfection.

Our quality team takes a sample for evaluation - we sort for colors and defects and then determine quality based on the NatureSweet standards!

Once we pack the tomatoes into their package, we weigh and label every single bowl. We also code each bowl so you, the consumer, can trace your tomatoes back to the greenhouse where they were grown.

We then cool the tomatoes for preservation.

Finally, we load the tomatoes into refrigerated trucks and send the fruit to the packing area.

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