Valley Pride Ag Company is a supply chain company and exporter of food ingredients from California. We specialize in California Almonds and support who we believe are the finest almond growers, huller/shellers, and packers in California. We don’t want to be the biggest – we want to be the best. The best service, the best information, and the best value. We want to be connected more than just transactionally to the products we sell and export. We have expertise in the supply chain of each product all the way back to the farm and understand the demands of everchanging, everimproving, customers.
The Openfield Timeline
Start of Commodities Sourcing and Start of Farming Operation.
Formation of Valley Pride Ag Company.
Purchase of Asset for VP Processing Plant.
New Processing Plant
Valley Pride Processing: Building a new Processing Plant on an Orchard in Madera. CA.
Chief Executive Officer
I was born in Punjab, India. My folks came to the Golden State and and have since then made this their home, they have been involved in Agriculture as this was very close to what they did back in Punjab, India, i.e. farming. We believe that farming land is what makes us happy and productive.
I got my Bachelors degree in Mech Engg and followed by Masters of Business Admin post that I started my work journey with sourcing and marketing petro chemical ingredients and paints in Western India followed by a stint with Olam in sourcing Coffee and Cocoa beans in Ivory Coast, Africa, where I learnt French, followed by agricultural and investment banking in Canada, and post that I worked with Olam to set up their North American marketing for cashews, peanuts and pecans but as they say “home is where the heart is” for me it was California and its San Joaquim Valley, where I along with James built the sourcing and marketing busniness for Olam for Almonds and rest is history. Along with my trading activities I am a pistchios and a raisin grower in California and we are very passionate to market California family farms agricultural produts to all over the world.
Chief Operations Officer
I was born and raised in the Valley. I grew up in Clovis California on what was the edge of town at the time with plenty of space to roam outside. My Great Grandpa had came here from Texas and started farming near Pixley. He eventually retired to Fresno getting out of farming but his son (my uncle) kept the farming tradition and was one of the early almond farmers in Kern Co.
I got my degree from CSU Fresno in Agricultural Economics. I started my career with Cargill immediately after graduating. I worked out of Stockton for the “Animal Nutrition” division. I traded corn by-products, animal protiens, and fats and managed logistics to 9 feedmills throughout the Western US. I had the opportunity to move home and work for a firm doing straight commoditiy trading/marketing into the dairy industry. The bulk of my focus was on protien meals and corn by products but i had the opportunity to trade many different feed commodites as market opportunities presented them. My last trading stint came with OLAM where I was part of a team which took our almond trading book up 10X. My Passion is as a “Son of the Soil” to be able to market and trade on the honest information of California’s finest agricultural products.