D’Arrigo California was founded in 1923 by Stefano and Andrea D’Arrigo, two immigrant brothers from Messina, Sicily. The brothers began wholesaling produce in Boston and expanded to farming in California to help supply their East Coast operation. Packing under the iconic pink Andy Boy label since 1927, D’Arrigo California is credited with many innovations including the development of the commercial broccoli business in the United States. In addition to broccoli, other commodities include artichokes, broccoli rabe, butter leaf, cauliflower, fennel, green leaf, iceberg lettuce, organic broccoli rabe, organic romaine hearts, red leaf, romaine, romaine hearts, sweet baby broccoli and wine grapes.
D’Arrigo California is vertically integrated with 2,000+ dedicated employees growing, packing and shipping quality fresh fruits and vegetables year-round in California, Arizona and Mexico. A third-generation farmer, John began his agricultural career cutting and packing lettuce, loading celery, and planting fields in the Salinas Valley during the 1970’s. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Business Management from the University of California at Davis. John is a passionate supporter of the agricultural industry and actively participates in various non-profit organizations. John served as the Chairman of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California in 2000.
John was elected to the board of Western Growers in 1994, and served as Chairman in 2004. In 2004, John helped the D’Arrigo family make Western Growers history when he became Chairman, marking the first time a grandfather (Stefano), father (Andy) and son have held the top position.