Walker River Cooling and Nevada Fresh Pak
Walker River Cooling is a joint-venture between Nevada Fresh Pak, a Peri & Son’s Farms company and The Nunes Company. Located in the Mason Valley of Yerington, Nev., the 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art cooling and distribution facility is the only facility of its kind in Nevada and changes the face of one of the largest commercial produce growers in the State.

With the completion of the new facility, the two companies’ are now positioned to expand growing capability and cool more produce in a faster, more efficient way. This means fresher and longer-lasting produce for the supply chain and ultimately for consumers. All steps to get produce to market now happen in Yerington while maintaining the company’s commitment to sustainable farming practices that meets the highest environmental, social and economic standards.

The cooling facility began its 24-hour per day service in mid-May at the beginning of year’s harvest cycle. With more than 80 plus years of combined industry experience, The Peri and Nunes operations offer a level of expertise in growing, harvesting, cooling, sales and marketing that is unsurpassed. The large commercial operation produces more than 25 million pounds of organic baby greens and 40 million pounds of organic fresh vegetables servicing retailers, processors, wholesalers and other buying organizations throughout North America.

The new facility employs approximately 20 full-time personnel. Together, Peri & Sons Farms and Nevada Fresh Pak, represent the largest private employer in Lyon County, currently supporting over 220 full-time diverse positions including specialists in the areas of agricultural science, engineering, manufacturing, and business and information technology. The company also supports a seasonal work force of over 1,400 full-time employees. Based on recent economic impact studies the company’s direct and indirect impact on the economy in Northern Nevada now exceeds $150 million.

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We’re a No-GMO Farm
At Peri & Sons Farms we take immense pride in being able to state that our onions are Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Crops) and we are excited about the consumer movement to learn more about the produce they’re buying. We value and absolutely believe in the right of consumers to have access to this information and that’s why we are working to be as transparent as possible.

In recent years GMO foods have become a popular topic of discussion and debate. As a family-owned company we totally understand these concerns and the need to know more. Our commitment to being a socially-responsible company has led us to provide information about our products and about GMO in general. To learn more about GMO food labeling please explore these links:

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/976/ge-food-labeling#
http://justlabelit.org/right-to-know/labeling-around-the-world/

GMO foods/crops are ones that have had specific changes introduced in their DNA, using the methods of genetic engineering and which cannot occur naturally. The initial idea behind the invention of such genetically-modified (GM) foods was to improve food production by introducing specific gene of interest from other crops or organisms. For example genes were introduced to various crops to include resistance to certain pests, disease or to improve nutrient status of crops. More information about GMO foods or crops can be found at:

http://www.who.int/topics/food_genetically_modified/en/
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/science/gmfoods/

Currently, the USA is the largest producer and consumer of GM foods. There are certain criteria for safety assessment of GM foods such as:
  1. Toxicity: impact on human and livestock health
  2. Allergenicity
  3. Non desirable changes due to gene modification
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have set up protocols for testing GM foods. Within US, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) oversees the labeling of food products containing ingredients from GM seeds. Current U.S. law mandates GM food labeling when there is a substantial difference in the nutritional or safety characteristics of a new food or if there is a meaningful difference between that food and the conventional food.

For more information about Peri & Sons Farms’ commitment to Non-GMO farming contact:
Sara Brinkley
Director of Food Safety & Organic Certification
775-463-6301
Sara@PeriandSons.com
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