Episode 50: From Grower to Processor With Raj and Taj Samran

Almond Journey

Nov 7 2023 • 27 mins

Raj Samran is chief operating officer of Hilltop Ranch, Inc. Taj Samran serves as vice president and handles grower relations for the company while also serving as CEO of Samran & Sons Farming. The Samrans share how their family got their start in growing almonds and how that led to also becoming hullers and processors. They also share what keeps them striving for growth despite challenging economic conditions.

“We really like it when an employee says, our company, or like this is our forklift. Because then it shows they care and that means they're happy working here.” - Raj Samran

In Today’s episode:

  • Meet Raj and Taj Samran who own and operate Hilltop Ranch, Inc. and Samran & Sons Farming
  • Discover how the Samran family got their start in almonds in California and how this led to becoming hullers and processors within the industry
  • Explore their business approach and how they make sure their employees are taken care of

The Almond Journey Podcast is brought to you by the Almond Board of California. This show explores how growers, handlers, and other stakeholders are making things work in their operations to drive the almond industry forward. Host Tim Hammerich visits with leaders throughout the Central Valley of California and beyond who are finding innovative ways to improve their operations, connect with their communities, and advance the almond industry.

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