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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.