Almond Handler Remembers First Export Market
“We started off in the export market probably in 1990 or 91, and I always say you could be a McDonald's or you can be a five-star restaurant. And we kind of went that direction of the five- star restaurant,” noted Jasper.
“Because all of our growers are very close to us within probably 20, 30 miles. And the fact that we grow our own almonds, probably close to 10% of what we have coming in here coming from our own ranches,” said Jasper. “However, more than 90% is coming from our close neighbors, so we have pretty good control of the quality of almonds and who's growing almonds. And so we decided we wanted high quality almonds.”
“If you're producing high-quality almonds, you're going to be going to Japan, and South Korea. And our first sales would have been into those markets. And even today, those are the markets that we like,” noted Jasper
Stuart and Jasper developed some great relationships with those markets. “We like to think that we're a high- quality almond producer. That's what we're kind of noted for. And we're proud of that,” Jasper said.
Besides the export market, Stewart and Jasper is expanding throughout California's retail market with their own brands.