Mission Foods Announces Winner Of Indianapolis 500 Trip To Support Arrow McLaren SP

Mission Foods, the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps, is excited to announce the winner of an all-expense-paid trip to this Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Racing fan Taylor Ness and a guest will be given the chance to cheer on Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist, and Juan Pablo Montoya from McLaren team hospitality at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mission Foods is a proud partner of Arrow McLaren SP.

Ness was selected in a drawing among other winners of Mission Foods’ https://www.missionfoods.com/2fast2tasty/. Throughout the 2021 INDYCAR season, and before each racing event, Mission Foods invited social media followers on Facebook and Twitter to comment on posts for a chance to win a Mission Fan Pack following the event.

At the end of the season, Mission Fan Pack winners were invited to a Zoom call with Arrow McLaren SP, Mission Foods and driver Pato O’Ward to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Arrow McLaren SP team garage. On the call, Ness was announced as the winner.

“It was very cool,” Ness said. “I was speechless. The moderator on the Zoom said, ‘Say something,’ but I simply could not. I’ve always been a fan of McLaren and INDYCAR is the best form of motorsport in the world.”

“We are pleased to provide a fan with an Indy 500 experience for the second year in a row,” said Juan Gonzalez, Mission Foods Chief Executive Officer. “Mission Foods is proud to bring motorsports and fans together, just like our delicious products bringing people together around the table. For Taylor and his father, I hope this will be an unforgettable moment.”

Ness and his father, who is his chosen guest, not only won two tickets to the Indy 500, but also a ride with a driver in the INDYCAR Two-Seater Experience. The winnings also include paid airfare, lodging and a $500 gift card for meals and other expenses during their trip.

Ness said that racing has been a lifelong passion for him. “I have been into things with wheels ever since I think I knew what they were,” he said.  “What kid doesn’t love going fast?”

He said he raced go-karts as a child but found the most joy in working on race cars and going to the track with his family. His parents were major supporters of his racing enthusiasm.

“We went to Watkins Glen INDYCAR racing a lot because it was close to where I grew up,” Ness said. “I knew my dad was the right person to take to the Indy 500 because of our history of going to races together.”

In addition to being an INDYCAR race fan, Ness is also a fan of Mission Foods. “I go out of my way to buy their tortilla strips,” he said. “They’re so, so good.”

Ness said he hopes to eat plenty of Mission Foods’ limited edition Racing Style Tortilla Chips, which are made in the shape of racecars and motorcycles and available at Mission Foods-sponsored racing events. “I wish I could buy the racecar chips at the store, but having them at the racetrack makes them special,” he said.

Ness and his father will be flying out on Thursday morning. “We don’t want to miss anything,” he said. “I’m so excited to go and support the team. They’ve got a good chance to win on Sunday.”

Original article – https://www.speedwaydigest.com/index.php/news/racing-news/69971-mission-foods-announces-winner-of-indianapolis-500-trip-to-support-arrow-mclaren-sp

Avocados From Mexico™ Partners With Mission® And Modelo® For Cinco De Mayo Promotion; Stephanie Bazan Comments

DALLAS, TX – Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and you know what that means, it’s time to bring out the avocados! In preparation for the holiday, Avocados From Mexico™ (AFM) has partnered with Mission® and Modelo® to create CincOMG-worthy celebrations in the produce aisles.

“Cinco de Mayo represents a great opportunity to showcase the essence and origin of Avocados From Mexico—the spirit of Mexicanity,” said Stephanie Bazan, Vice President of Shopper and Trade Marketing at Avocados From Mexico. “It’s important for us to connect with shoppers as they get ready to celebrate this holiday with friends and family. And by partnering with perfect avocado pairings like Mission chips and tortillas and Modelo beer, we’re making it convenient for shoppers to find all the essentials they need for Cinco parties.” – Stephanie Bazan, Vice President of Shopper and Trade Marketing, Avocados From Mexico

Over the last five years, avocado consumption in the first four weeks leading up to Cinco de Mayo has grown 27 percent, a press release explained. Capitalizing on this rising trend, the three popular brands have created fun in-store displays and announced consumer savings, sweepstakes, and digital and social activations to inspire shoppers. The new program launched April 11 and will run through May 9, 2022.

 

Avocados From Mexico™ has teamed up with Mission Foods® and Modelo® to inspire shoppers ahead of the Cinco de Mayo holiday with a new program

Avocados From Mexico™ has teamed up with Mission Foods® and Modelo® to inspire shoppers ahead of the Cinco de Mayo holiday with a new program

This partnership with Mission and Modelo will help retailers turn their aisles into Cinco de Mayo destinations by combining the three items central to celebrating the holiday. Shoppers double their basket spend when buying chips and avocados. They also spend 1.7x more when buying beer and avocados, compared to when avocados are not in the basket, so make sure to get in on this program while the iron is hot.

To learn more about AFM’s Cinco de Mayo strategy, click here.

In the meantime, get those avocados on your shelf in time for the festivities!

Original article: https://www.andnowuknow.com/bloom/avocados-mexico-partners-mission-and-modelo-cinco-de-mayo-promotion-Stephanie-Bazan/jenna-plasterer/78058

Mission Foods Expands SpeedTour Sponsorship

MIAMI — SpeedTour announced Mission Foods is extending its sponsorship of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association and expanding its partnership to include three additional series. After joining SVRA as a new sponsor last year, Mission Foods will now also partner with the Trans-Am Series presented by Pirelli, Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda and Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda in the upcoming season.

The Mission Foods partnership will include three event titles which will add the Mission Foods name to events held at California’s Sonoma Raceway, Virginia Int’l Raceway and Texas’ Circuit of the Americas. The Mission Foods Sonoma SpeedTour event weekend will take place April 29-May 1; the Mission Foods VIR SpeedTour event is Oct. 7-9; and the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour event will run from Nov. 4-6. Mission Foods will now be the Official Tortilla and Chip Company of SVRA, Trans Am, FR Americas and F4 U.S.

MISSION, the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps, will now be represented at 48 races at 20 racing venues across the United States.

The SpeedTour season kicked off earlier this month at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Feb. 4-6. The action continues this weekend with the Sebring SpeedTour at Sebring (Fla.) Int’l Raceway, Feb. 25-27.

Original article – https://www.speedsport.com/sports-cars/other-sports-cars/mission-foods-expands-speedtour-sponsorship/

Juan Pablo Montoya returns to Indianapolis 500 with Arrow McLaren SP and Mission Foods

Juan Pablo Montoya, Arrow McLaren SP and Mission Foods will team up for a second consecutive year, with the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion competing in the No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Montoya will again join full-time Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist to complete the team’s lineup for the Month of May.

Montoya returns to Arrow McLaren SP after competing for the team last year, finishing ninth in the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. This year will see him attempt to qualify for his seventh entry into the race, having competed six times in his career, including winning as a rookie in 2000 and again 15 years later in 2015.

The MISSION brand will be represented on the No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and Montoya’s race suit during both races, as well as continuing to be featured on the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet piloted by O’Ward and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet piloted by Rosenqvist.

Mission Foods first partnered with Arrow McLaren SP in 2020 and the successful partnership continues to find new and exciting ways to activate and reach new consumers through the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

The 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on May 29, 2022 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Follow along with Arrow McLaren SP all season long on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube at @ArrowMcLarenSP.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Driver, No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet:

“I’m excited to return to Indianapolis with Arrow McLaren SP and Mission, to once again compete in a race that holds a special place in my heart – the Indianapolis 500. I had a great experience with the team last year and look forward to building on the progress we made in 2021. I think we have a real shot at competing at the front of the field and challenging for the win.”

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing:

“We’re delighted to have both Juan Pablo and Mission Foods back for another Indianapolis 500. Juan Pablo is an institution in motorsport, with two Indianapolis 500 victories and an impressive Formula 1 career with multiple wins for McLaren. He adds experience that really benefits our team, giving us another driver with the potential to win anytime he steps into the car.”

Juan Gonzalez, Mission Foods Chief Executive Officer:

“We are thrilled to partner again with Juan Pablo Montoya and Arrow McLaren SP for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis 500 and Juan Pablo are legendary to racing and loved by race fans everywhere. It’s an honor for our brand to align with icons like these.”

Original article: https://arrowmclarensp.com/2022/01/11/juan-pablo-montoya-returns-to-indianapolis-500-with-arrow-mclaren-sp-and-mission-foods/

Mission Foods to Send One Lucky IndyCar Fan on a Trip of a Lifetime

May 27, 2021 01:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time

IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mission Foods, the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps and a proud supporter of motorsports, is thrilled to give a lucky Mission Foods and IndyCar fan an all-expense-paid trip to this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 IndyCar race. Mario Gomez and his guest will watch the race from the McLaren Gasoline Alley Hospitality Suite. Mission Foods is a proud partner of the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar racing team.

“I’m most excited to hear the sound of the engines roaring. It is a choir of sounds that makes your stomach shake and that fills the air with such a unique sound”

Gomez won the trip in a drawing from winners of Mission Foods’ #2Fast2Tasty campaign during last year’s season. Every week during the 2020 season, Mission surprised fans with #2Fast#2Tasty Fan Packs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. At the end of the season, winners were invited to a Zoom call with special guest IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward to take a behind-the-scenes tour of a working IndyCar garage. O’Ward — Gomez’s favorite driver — surprised him by announcing him as the drawing winner.

“I was speechless,” Gomez said. “I wanted to start screaming and dancing with joy, but because Pato was on the screen, I had to compose myself and try to look professional.”

In addition to tickets to The Brickyard, Gomez and his guest will receive Mission- and Arrow McLaren-branded premium swag as part of their Mission Foods Indy 500 VIP Experience.

“I’m most excited to hear the sound of the engines roaring. It is a choir of sounds that makes your stomach shake and that fills the air with such a unique sound,” added Gomez.

Gomez first became a fan racing in 1987 when his grandfather gave him a diecast Lotus 98T with Ayrton Senna’s name on it for his seventh birthday. When Senna moved to the McLaren team in 1988, so did Gomez’s allegiance. “The moment I heard McLaren was returning full time to Indy Racing, I became a fan of Arrow McLaren SP,” he said. “As soon as team apparel came out, I bought a shirt to show my support.” He is also a huge Mission Foods fan, especially enjoying the Carb Balance Tortilla line and the Thin and Crispy chips.

“We have been supporting motorsports for a long time at Mission Foods, but this is our first time surprising a fan with an experience like this,” said Juan Gonzalez, president and chief executive officer of Mission Foods. “For Mission to be able to connect our fans with the sport we love through delicious food gives us a lot of pride. I’m so excited for Mario and Jordan and can’t wait to catch up with them in the McLaren suite!”

“I have to thank Mission Foods and the Arrow McLaren SP team for this incredible opportunity,” said Gomez. “From the prize pack to the exclusive Zoom call and now the Indy 500, I know that Arrow McLaren SP and Mission Foods truly care about us, the fans. Those of us who find joy and excitement watching races, who for a couple of hours every week can forget about COVID and other world problems and enjoy pure racing and good food.”

ABOUT MISSION FOODS

MISSION®, owned by GRUMA, S.A.B. de C.V., is the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps. MISSION® is also globally renowned for flatbreads, dips, salsas and Mexican food products. With presence in over 112 countries MISSION® products are suited to the lifestyles and the local tastes of each country. With innovation and customer needs in mind, MISSION® focuses on the highest quality, authentic flavors, and providing healthy options that families and friends can enjoy together. For more information, please visit www.missionfoods.com

Original article – https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210527005777/en/Mission-Foods-to-Send-One-Lucky-IndyCar-Fan-on-a-Trip-of-a-Lifetime

Mission Foods Celebrating Kick Off Of 2021 Progressive American Flat Track Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Mission Foods, the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps and a proud supporter of motorsports, is thrilled to be kicking off the 2021 Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) series tomorrow in Volusia. For the first time in the company’s history, Mission Foods will be sponsoring the Progressive AFT series’ premier class, now known as the Mission® SuperTwins.

“We are thrilled to launch this year’s American Flat Track series as the official sponsor of the SuperTwins class,” said Juan González, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Foods. “This is an exciting opportunity to connect racing fans with the high quality, authentic flavors and healthy options of the global Mission Foods brand and bring attention to the talents of these amazing athletes.”

Progressive AFT is a high-adrenaline, competitive motorcycle racing series that features custom-built and production-based motorcycles piloted by world-class athletes who reach top speeds of 140 mph on straights and 90 mph in corners.

The 2021 Progressive AFT series starts with a doubleheader event featuring the exhilarating Volusia Half-Mile I and II races Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, 2021, at the Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. Mission® SuperTwins, one of three classes entering the races, consists of twin-cylinder motorcycles (650 – 900cc). These motorcycles contain the latest in motorsport technology and will be piloted by an exclusive cadre of the fastest athletes on dirt. The event will also feature AFT Singles and AFT Production Twins.

Mission Foods’ sponsorship will also introduce a new element to every Progressive AFT event: The Mission® 2Fast2Tasty Challenge. This four-lap competition will feature riders who qualify for the front row of the Mission SuperTwins Main Event brawl for the Main Event gridding order and a $5,000 cash prize.

Mission Foods will also serve as the official tortillas and chips of the American Flat Track series.

 

ABOUT MISSION FOODS 

MISSION®, owned by GRUMA, S.A.B. de C.V., is the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps.  MISSION® is also globally renowned for flatbreads, dips, salsas, and Mexican food products. With presence in over 112 countries MISSION® products are suited to the lifestyles and the local tastes of each country. With innovation and customer needs in mind, MISSION® focuses on the highest quality, authentic flavors, and providing healthy options that families and friends can enjoy together.  For more information, please visit https://www.missionfoods.com/

Vance & Hines Signs On Mission Foods As Partner For NHRA Pro Stock Team

Vance & Hines Launches NHRA Motorcycle Race Team – Three-Time Champion Angelle Sampey to Campaign New Four-Valve Suzuki-Powered Bike

Vance & Hines Signs on Mission Foods as Partner for NHRA Pro Stock Team

Vance & Hines announced today that the NHRA’s winningest female, Angelle Sampey, will ride the company’s new four-valve Suzuki-powered race bike in the 2021 NHRA Camping World series. The team’s quest for the championship in 2021 is a partnership between Vance & Hines and global food producer Mission Foods.

A three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) champion, Sampey’s 43 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle wins make her the NHRA’s top female athlete. She has the fourth most wins in NHRA PSM history.  In 2019 and 2020 Sampey was a member of Vance & Hines’ Harley-Davidson-sponsored team.

Sampey will be among the first to ride the recently announced Vance & Hines four-valve Suzuki-powered machine. The new engine features a modernized top-end which provides increased valve lift and reduced mass in the valve train. The 1850cc motor delivers nearly 400 horsepower and will be paired with a custom chassis developed using data from thousands of runs in NHRA competition.

“I’m so excited to be part of the Vance & Hines team again this year,” said Sampey.  “This is a first class company that gives me the best bikes I’ve ever ridden. I’m feeling really good about what we can accomplish together this year. “

“We’re happy to be working with Angelle once again,” said Vance & Hines President & CEO, Mike Kennedy. “Vance & Hines is in a wonderful position right now. We’ve got one of the top riders in the sport aboard our outstanding new equipment and we have Mission Foods as our new Team Partner. I couldn’t have hoped for anything better as we go into the 2021 season.”

Multi-billion-dollar company Mission Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of best-selling tortillas and wraps, joins the effort as a sponsor of the new team. The food giant shows its passion for motorsports with sponsorships in IndyCar, AFT and GT3 racing and now enjoys relationships with both Arrow McLaren SP and Vance & Hines.

“Terry Vance and I have talked about putting together a race team, and I was overjoyed to get his invitation to work with Angelle and the Vance & Hines crew,” said Juan Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Foods. “NHRA has a great tradition and loyal fan base, we can’t wait to see our brand and products at this year’s NHRA races.”

The team will feature the brilliant yellow and red Mission Foods logo on the race bikes, rider, crew and the team transporter at all scheduled Pro Stock Motorcycle events for the 2021 season.  The NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season starts in mid-March at the Gator Nationals in Gainesville FL.

ABOUT MISSION FOODS 

MISSION®, owned by GRUMA, S.A.B. de C.V., is the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps.  MISSION® is also globally renowned for flatbreads, dips, salsas, and Mexican food products. With presence in over 112 countries MISSION® products are suited to the lifestyles and the local tastes of each country. With innovation and customer needs in mind, MISSION® focuses on the highest quality, authentic flavors, and providing healthy options that families and friends can enjoy together.  For more information, please visit https://www.missionfoods.com/

 

ABOUT VANCE & HINES

The Vance & Hines brand has always been about enhancing the exhilaration of the motorcycle ride. It started over 40 years ago, when Terry Vance and Byron Hines were two young enthusiasts in the fledgling Southern California motorcycle drag race scene. Terry always wanted to go faster and Byron knew how to make that happen. In short order, their on-track success and innovation drew the attention of other racers, riders and motorcycle manufacturers, which ultimately translated to commercial demand for their products and services. Today, the Company’s mission and activity is the same; make bikes go faster on the racetrack and take those learnings to make impactful products for riders around the world. Since the Company’s inception in 1979, it has run factory race programs in partnership with Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati and Harley-Davidson in drag racing, road racing and flat track. Vance & Hines is based in Santa Fe Springs CA and has its Racing Development Center is in Brownsville IN. Learn more about the company’s history and products at https://vanceandhines.com/

Mission Foods, Mexican Consulate Partner with San Antonio Food Bank to Feed Hungry Families

Mission Foods San Antonio Food Bank

Mission Foods today donated nearly 38,000 servings of food products to the San Antonio Food Bank — the largest hunger-relief organization in Southwest Texas — in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of San Antonio to help relieve hunger for families in the region.

“I am thankful to Mission Foods for their kind donation of tortillas, chips and wraps to San Antonians in need,” said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. “Before the pandemic, we were reaching about 60,000 people a week with food benefits. We’re now reaching about 120,000 people a week. Because of incredible partners like Mission, we’ve been able to save enough food from manufacturers, restaurants and farmers to keep the supply flowing to hungry families in Southwest Texas.”

The donation, which included 4,800 packages of corn and flour tortillas and 750 packages of Garden Spinach Herb wraps, is the latest of numerous efforts by Mission Foods employees across the country to help feed communities amidst the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mission Foods Donation

“We’re definitely motivated to help the community,” said Juan de la Rosa, regional vice president of Mission Food’s central region. “We’ve had tough times before like Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas. But this is global – everybody’s in the same boat. Our company is so proud to be able to help.”

De la Rosa, who was born and raised in San Antonio and has worked for Mission Foods for 25 years, helped coordinate yesterday’s donation.

He added that he was motivated by how Mission Foods organized several other food donations that were quickly dispatched to families in need.

“Every time we reach out, more and more people come forward who need help,” he said. “We’ve got to get people taken care of, and that’s what we’re doing.”

The Mexican Consulate of San Antonio helped arrange this donation as well as a previous one in April, which saw Catholic Charities of San Antonio receive six palettes of Atomix chips (a full truckload). The Mexican Consulate is helping to orchestrate similar donations between Mission Foods and other Mexico-based companies and communities across the U.S.

“We are proud to work with Mission Foods to help our neighbors and communities in San Antonio,” said Rubén Minutti Zanatta, consul general of the Mexican Consulate of San Antonio. “Mexico and the U.S. are not only neighbors but good partners who share trade and culture. It’s important for us to collaborate with Mexican companies operating in the U.S. to ensure those with the ability to help are reaching people in need.”

While helping with the Catholic Charities donation, De la Rosa said he met with Eric Cooper and was inspired to help Mission donate 240 cases of product to the food bank. De la Rosa said the food bank simply stopped by Mission’s San Antonio food plant and picked up the truckload. He added that Mission’s corn and flour tortillas are ideal staples for his fellow South Texans in need.

“People in South Texas eat tortillas with almost every meal,” he said. “Take a tortilla, put some butter on it, or some fruit, and you’ve got a great snack for kids. We try to give half-and-half corn and flour tortillas because different recipes call for different things.

“Helping at this moment in time can be overwhelming because the need is so great, but every little bit helps,” de la Rosa said. “For Mission Foods, it’s humbling to help. It’s an honor. We have to do what we can.”

To donate or volunteer to the San Antonio Food Bank, please visit https://safoodbank.org/ways-to-help/.

To donate to Catholic Charities, please visit https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/ways-to-give/.

‘Feeding Those Who Feed Us’: Mission Foods Donates Over 47K Servings Of Tortillas, Chips To Hungry California Farmworkers

Mission Foods Feeds Farmers

The stress COVID-19 has put on our food supply chains in the U.S. is underscoring the importance of one group of essential workers who are often overlooked: farmworkers.

In Ventura County, California, alone, near the site of one of Mission Foods’ production facilities, farming and farm-dependent businesses provide an estimated 43,000 jobs, generating $2.2 billion in revenue and $76 million in indirect business taxes annually, according to Feeding the Frontline, a local group partnering with Mission Foods to distribute food donations to farmworkers throughout the pandemic.

On June 13, Mission Foods donated 203 cases of our Mission flour tortillas — 47,440 servings — and 1,440 bags of our Mission Atomix Chips so that 4,000 farmworkers at seven locations across California could have a hot meal and groceries.

Mission Foods Donates to Farmers

“Farmworkers are so valuable to our economies and our way of life, and people are realizing that now more than ever,” said Nancy Muñoz-Morales, trade marketing manager at Mission Foods. “We’re proud at Mission Foods to partner with wonderful community groups and companies to ensure that the needs of those who work so hard to keep us fed are not overlooked.”

The multi-location event was Mission Foods’ 15th donation in partnership with Feeding the Frontline, an effort started by Juan Sanjuan, owner and chef of local favorite Gloria’s Restaurant & Bar.

When Gloria’s and other restaurants were forced to close at the outset of the pandemic, Sanjuan teamed up with several companies and other restaurant owners, including celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez, to ensure as much of their food supply as possible went to essential workers like farmworkers, restaurant employees and healthcare workers.

Mission Foods Donates Food

“I thank Mission Foods for being with us from day one,” Sanjuan said. “We’ve done 15 events, and Mission has participated in all of them. The need is greater than ever. Without our farmworkers, our campesinos, we couldn’t operate our restaurants. We wouldn’t even have food to put on our tables.”

Sanjuan’s initiative evolved as other businesses and community members got involved, including Clínicas del Camino RealRuby’s Tequila Bar and Fresh Mexican Restaurant; the Port of HuenemeDel Monte; and the Local Love Project, a Ventura County-based disaster-relief organization. In addition to Mission Foods, Lujan Trucking, Reiter Affiliated Companies and So. Cal Gas also donated to Saturday’s event.

“Other people are seeing it and realizing it’s something good to do,” said Roberto Juárez, CEO of Clínicas del Camino Real. “Farmworkers are essential, and we have to protect them. We have to respect them and provide something to them.”

In addition to providing mobile clinics with general health check-ups, Juárez has hired mariachis at several of the food drives he helped organize with Sanjuan to celebrate farmworkers.

“A lot of people thought it was a party, but what they don’t understand about our people is they come from small towns, and all you do Sunday is go to church, go to the plaza and listen to a little music,” Sanjuan said. “Get a bunch of folks together who love to cook and sing mariachi? Helping people doesn’t get any better than this.”

Our Mission flour tortillas and Atomix chips were distributed to farmworkers in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Benito, Tulare and Fresno counties in California.

To donate or volunteer with Feeding the Frontline, visit https://www.feedingourfarmworkers.org/.

Supply Chain Transparency

Effective January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) will require large manufacturers and retailers that sell goods in California to make certain disclosures regarding their efforts to address slavery and human trafficking. The Act is intended to ensure that retail manufactures and sellers are disclosing their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains.

Gruma Corporation dba Mission Foods is committed to observing high ethical standards in the conduct of its business. We are committed to the goals of SB 657 and are committed to compliance with all laws and regulations governing efforts to address slavery and human trafficking. In establishing and maintaining relationships with our suppliers, we ask them to be committed to the same high ethical standards, and that they are not linked to activities that would be considered abusive or exploitive, including human trafficking and slavery.

Mission Foods does engage in verification of our product supply chain to ensure compliance with laws governing slavery and human trafficking. These verifications do not currently include a certification regarding the materials used in manufacture by each supplier, and do not include use of a third party.

Mission Foods does conduct extensive audits of its suppliers for food safety, and hence many issues related to safety of workers and their human rights can be discovered and addressed. Mission Foods also retains third party auditors for most international suppliers. Principally, Mission Foods employs the services of the American Institute of Baking. The American Institute of Baking conducts unannounced food safety audits at the Mission Foods manufacturing facilities located in the United States.

Mission Foods has a rigorous internal accountability system for its suppliers. Suppliers are required to submit detailed information on the materials incorporated in the products they sell Mission Foods. The materials certifications must include material subcomponents, and raw materials, with all country of origin information and sources detailed. For any raw material or component sourced in China, Mission Foods requires submittal of a third party audit of the Chinese supplier facility.

As part of its internal accountability system to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations, Mission Foods can take action upon discovery of violations, including requesting a prompt redress of alleged violations, and corrective actions, as well as the potential for termination of the supplier relationship in the event of violations or failure to adequately remedy violations.

Mission Foods has a robust employee training program that is currently being revised to include training on how to minimize the potential risk of slavery and human trafficking in the supply chain.