Terra Bella, CA –Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.—the nation’s second largest pistachio processor and maker of Pistachio Chewy Bites—received recent community praise for its dedication to Terra Bella in addition to announcing plans to continue corporate social responsibility efforts with a new recreational area and children’s play ground for the Terra Bella community.
Setton Pistachio was the recipient of the Large Business of the Year award at the Porterville Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards and Installation Banquet held this past Saturday night at the Porterville Veterans Memorial Building. As one of the largest employers in town—employing 450 to 500 workers and up to 700 during harvest—Setton is constantly giving back to the community. Additionally, the organization is noted for its continued commitment to sustainability; their combined 1.7-megawatt solar power system is the largest privately owned solar power system in California’s Central Valley.
“This is a happy surprise and an honor,” said COO Mia Cohen. “We have always striven for business decisions that benefit our community because we care. We’re a family business with deep roots in Terra Bella, which makes the community commitment an obvious one for us.”
The award is timely as Setton prepares to break ground on a new recreation and play area for Terra Bella. The company has secured a building permit for an old railroad property near its large Terra Bella plant with the intent of developing a community space that will provide shade, play zones, and picnic tables and is the first of its kind for the town. In addition to paying for the property and doing a majority of the planning, Setton Pistachio will also maintain the space. Setton is also soliciting involvement from its suppliers as a way for them to participate in this worthwhile endeavor.
“This is a project for the community—a way of giving back and thanking our employees and families—so it’s important to us that the community feel it is part of the planning process.” said Cohen. Residents will be encouraged to attend an upcoming town hall meeting to provide input on the details of the playground equipment. “One of the aspects we’re most excited about,” continued Cohen, “is access to clean drinking water. Currently, Terra Bella residents have access to water that is safe for bathing, but getting clean drinking water is difficult and inconvenient. The new space will feature a well-lit, easily accessible water dispensing feature.”
The recognition of Setton’s dedication to Terra Bella and its ongoing plans to enrich the community are testaments to the organization’s priorities. “We’re community stewards first,” said Cohen. “We truly believe it’s this organizational promise that makes us successful. We would not conduct our business any other way.”
To learn more about Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., visit www.settonfarms.com.
About Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.
Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the second largest pistachio processor in the United States, has been growing and processing pistachios in the Central Valley of California since 1986. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. has ownership in over 10,000 acres of planted pistachios and currently has the capacity to process over 110 million pounds of pistachios owned by Setton and its grower partners. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. provides pistachios to more than 50 foreign markets, and through Setton International Foods Inc., distributes a variety of nuts and dried fruits to wholesalers and retailers throughout the United States. Visit www.settonfarms.com to learn more.