Here at Treatt, we are dedicated to bettering the community during this difficult time. This starts with giving back to farmers and our colleagues. Our Lakeland, FL, USA location bought a range of produce including everything from apples, blueberries, mangoes and bananas to green beans, carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, and so much more - all in an effort to help our Florida farmers.
The farming industry in America has been greatly affected by the closing of schools, restaurants, and theme parks; all of which are huge contributors to the success of our farmers.
We are supplied by local Florida farmers for the production of several products within our Fruit & Vegetables range. Our business relies upon its network of farmers in order to serve its global customers across the beverage, flavour and fragrance industries. Consumers want natural ingredients in the products they eat and drink, and we proudly provide quality natural solutions into countless products worldwide.
“Farmers are the heartbeat of America and we are proud to not only buy from them to support our business but also to strengthen the health of our employees during this difficult time.” Said Melanie Cooksey, Vice President of Global Procurement for Treatt. “Buying locally also decreases our carbon footprint – something we constantly aim to reduce.”
In order to do their part in helping Florida farmers, TUSA bought the crops in bulk, not for profit, but to help offer our US employees enjoy a range of healthy food options for free. “Having a body filled with fresh fruits and vegetables ensures our staff are getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need to be as healthy as they can.” She said. “Giving our employees the option to have these healthy foods, without having to go to the store or spending the money is a really positive sentiment.”
Our remaining produce was donated to Lighthouse Ministries in Lakeland; a non-profit organisation that aims to help men and women who need shelter and helps them with learning programs. There is also a way we can all help. Support your local farmers, fresh stands, and produce from the grocery store. Make soups, jams, and pies, and freeze produce for later use. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Nikki Fried, even suggests ordering takeout to support our growers. We must stand together in this time and support each other.