meet our growers
Dei fratelli works with over 30 family growers that are located near one of our three packing facilities. This close proximity to our growers ensures our tomatoes are at their freshest when they arrive to be preserved.
Growing tomatoes and cabbage on Hirzel farmland in 1922 where our headquarters stands today is where our story begins, but not where it ends. Hirzel’s farming operation was the first step in the process that led to preserving and canning those tomatoes within the walls of our company both then and now. Hirzel Farms serves as the primary research entity for planting methods and plant nutrition in addition to pursuing automation in both cultivation techniques and harvesting systems.
Family. Quality. Hard working. Meet the Schulte family farming operation in the rich farmland in Northwest Ohio. Since 1966, Schulte Produce Farms has been working to produce the freshest, vine-ripened tomatoes for the Hirzel family and Dei Fratelli. “We like working with the Hirzel family because you feel as though you are a part of the family and they have a true concern for their growers. You’re not just a number…you’re part of their success and they are a part of ours,” shares Mike Schulte.
Just ten minutes down the road from one of our plants, you will find Rothert Farms, Inc. The Rotherts are a fourth generation farming family who shares the commitment to Dei Fratelli freshness and quality. When the warm summer sun has fully ripened the Rotherts’ tomato fields, the tomatoes need not endure a lengthy, bruising ride because of the close proximity to our facility. It’s attention to details at every step along the Field to Package journey that makes Dei Fratelli products taste like you picked them straight from your own backyard.