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Innovative garlic products propel Christopher Ranch to the top

When it comes to learning about garlic in California, there is one place to visit: Christopher Ranch. Located in Gilroy, the self-proclaimed garlic capital of the world, Christopher Ranch is the largest grower, packer and shipper of California garlic for the fresh market. They now have more than 5,000 acres of crops that also include bell peppers and shallots.

The family business in Gilroy was launched when Don Christopher, who grew up on his father's nearby ranch in the Santa Clara Valley, started his own garlic ranch in 1956. Today Don's son Bill and his grandson Ken lead the business, which now ships upward of 100 million pounds of fresh California garlic annually.

"All garlic is not created equal," is the motto at the farm, and they're determined to prove it with innovative ways of offering garlic to consumers. The latest example is their newest and most popular item: fresh-peeled garlic in a vacuum-packed bag.

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