Santa Maria, CA
Founded by brothers, Milo Jr., Patrick Ferini, and Henri Ardantz in the early 1960's, Betteravia Farms has been the farming entity of Bonipak. Farming on over 14,000 crop acres in the Santa Maria area, and 3,000 more in California and Arizona, Betteravia Farms ranks 16th nationally in total acres farmed.
Being the majority landowner, Bonipak has total control of all operations from growing, packing, processing and shipping. It is a rare company indeed, that can boast these capabilities. The Santa Maria Valley is a very prime location. Geologically, it is categorized as a fertile alluvial plain in California's central coast.
The soil is rich in nutrients for growing and the weather year-round is ideal from the beach to the foothills. For three generations this land has been tended with the utmost care. Because of responsible growing practices by true stewards of the land, most Bonipak commodities are harvested twice a year. Each year a coveted, National Grower Achievement Award is given to identify growers that are role models for growers everywhere. The award is based upon marketing efforts, adaptation to technology and industry leadership. The winner is selected by getting nominations from state and regional associations, suppliers, growers and other industry allies across the country. The winner of the 2003 Grower Achievement Award was Betteravia Farms. Regular investment in leading-edge technologies, an industry leading stance on food safety and food security, community and industry involvement, and a commitment to environmental stewardship are just some of the many reasons that Betteravia Farms was selected as the national winner of the 2003 Grower Achievement Award.
"For three generations we have toiled endlessly to ensure the finest, best-tasting produce possible.,” says Alain Pincot, manager of Betteravia Farms planting/transplanting operation. "And we are committed to continue doing so for generations to come. We have a passion for farming and serving our customers that shows in all Bonipak products."