Relationships in Agriculture
Jim Jasper heads up Stuart and Jasper and almond growing, hulling, shelling operation,and he works with many growers in central California
“We ran our business to relationships and we've got really, really good relationships with our growers, with our buyers, with our employees, we put a very high value on employee,” noted Jasper.
“So right now is our busiest time of year harvest and hulling and shelling and processing. And we're even doing value added products. We're starting to do a little bit of roasting and flavoring and make a few candies. And so we want to grow that business,” Jasper said.
Jasper said that Stuart and Jasper's represented about 2% of the entire almond industry. “We're happy to be about two percent, which this year would be 60 million pounds. We're not quite at 60, but we're approaching 50 million pounds.
Jasper said he has to have mandatory contracts put together with people buying his almonds, both domestically around the world. Besides that he's pretty much run his accompany on handshakes.