D’Arrigo Bros. Company was founded over 95 years ago by Stephen and Andrew D’Arrigo, two immigrants from Messina, Sicily. The brothers began wholesaling produce in Boston and expanded to farming in California to help supply the East Coast operation. Packing under the iconic pink Andy Boy label since 1927, D’Arrigo Bros., Co., of 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 broccoli rabe, fennel, cauliflower, romaine, romaine hearts, iceberg, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, cactus pears, and wine grapes.
John D’Arrigo is the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of D’Arrigo Brothers Company of California, a vertically integrated grower, packer and shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables in California and Arizona. 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 agriculture industry and actively participates in various agricultural organizations. John is a past chairman of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California.
John was elected to the board in 1994, and served as chairman in 2004.