Bolthouse Farms has always been about people. And today, in these unprecedented times, I realize the importance of this even more, and I am inspired by what I know we can all do together. As we face this global crisis, our community and the world must stick together, power each other through the day and remain strong.
Guided by our vision of Plants Powering People and our company culture and commitment to People Powering Purpose, people are at the core of our Company. And these people – the Bolthouse Team – are working hard every day to help feed and nourish this country, despite what is happening around them. So I first wanted to take the time to thank our incredible employees for their dedication and hard work to keep our mission alive. And I want to ensure our consumers, customers and employees that we are doing everything we can to continue this mission with employee safety and well-being our top priority.
I am glad to say, that today, no Bolthouse Farms employees have currently tested positive for COVID-19 at any of our facilities; and we are working hard, and have communicated a policy to ensure that employees know that they are to stay at home and self-quarantine if they feel sick or have a family member in their household who is sick. As the situation changes, we will continue to update our employees immediately.
At our facilities, we have taken action to work towards screening everyone who enters our site for elevated fever; separated employees into work groups of 10 or less to limit interaction while at work; and increased our already industry-leading disinfection and sanitation practices. In addition, to assist our team we have added a COVID-19 specific sick policy; mandated a work from home policy for all non-essential employees; and initiated an essential pay supplemental bonus for essential staff.
I also want to be sure you know that there has been no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through food or beverages according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . So, we hope you enjoy all of the fresh foods available to you now and in the future.
This outbreak is a dynamic situation, and one that we are monitoring carefully to protect our team and to ensure we can continue our essential mission of bringing food to the American table.
Together we will see this through and we will Power each other along the way.
Chief Executive Officer