The Garlic Company Story
Growing California garlic since 1980
In 1980, Joe Lane and John Layous came together to establish The Garlic Company. Their vision was to build a garlic business based on superior product quality, customer service and integrity. In order to ensure complete control of product quality and supply, The Garlic Company was established as a vertically integrated company—including garlic seed development, garlic field production, harvesting, packing, processing and sales.
History of Innovation
The Garlic Company was one of the first companies to commercialize the process of peeling whole garlic cloves and packaging them for the retail, foodservice and industrial markets.
As a natural extension of this whole peeled garlic business, we began producing refrigerated and frozen garlic slices, dices and puree in 1995. The Garlic Company then added an on-site cold storage facility to enable year-round storage that enhanced finished product quality.
The Garlic Company developed a state-of-the-art process for creating shelf-stable garlic puree, garlic puree in vinegar, crushed garlic in citric acid and garlic juice. This processing capability allows our company to co-pack, as well as, sell direct to some of the largest U.S. food manufacturers.
Leading the Field Today
The Garlic Company is one of the leading garlic manufacturers and a favorite of retail, foodservice and industrial clients throughout the U.S., selling more than 25 million pounds of garlic every year.
Our facilities are strategically located in Bakersfield, Calif., in the San Joaquin Valley, where most of our garlic fields are less than 50 miles away. Because we're so close to where the garlic is grown, we can closely manage our field operations and ensure efficient delivery from the fields to our plant, maximizing the quality of our raw garlic material. The Garlic Company's 35-acre site encompasses a 50,000 square foot controlled-atmosphere, cold storage facility, state-of-the-art processing and peeling lines, and a quality control center and lab. Our company also operates seasonally out of Salinas, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz.