Pacific Farms & Orchards

Pacific Farms and Orchards: A family legacy

CLIENT:
Pacific Farms and Orchards (PFO) is a woman owned, family operated farming production, processing and marketing company in northern California.  PFO produces prunes, walnuts, almonds, and olives and processes and markets olive oil under the Pacific Sun label.

Started in 1952, the farm is owned by the second generation of the Flynn family and operated by third-generation grandson/son Brendon Flynn.  PFO’s prunes and almonds are marketed globally by cooperatives Sunsweet Growers and Blue Diamond Growers, and their walnuts are processed and marketed by California Walnut Company owned in part by Brendon and his immediate family.  PFO’s ‘family’ extends well beyond blood relations, having over 25 year-round employees with average tenure of almost 15 years, an amazing accomplishment for a rural farming operation.

THE CHALLENGE:
Over the years, like many long running farming operations, PFO’s operations began splitting into different business entities.  Keeping the accounting and finance functions of these segments set-up and separate from one another can be a challenge.  PFO is fortunate to have strong in-house accounting talent but the need for a limited amount of additional depth and expertise remained.   

“The Morrison and Company team has provided Pacific Farms the knowledge and skill needed to streamline and improve our financial structure. It is a great relationship.” -

Brendon Flynn, President

THE PROCESS:
With regular on-site visits and with the ability to work remotely as well, we have been able to provide that extra amount of depth, on a less than full-time basis.  Each month our team assists with pre-defined portions of PFO’s accounting close cycle, as well as, reviewing financial reports to ensure that related transactions are accounted for properly.  In addition we work with internal management and staff on continuing process improvements such as financial modeling and cash flow forecasting.

THE RESULTS:
Pacific Farms and Orchards and their related entities’ financial structure is well organized, providing management the information needed for sound strategic decisions.  PFO now also has the resources to draw on for complex financial modeling and ad-hoc analysis without having to recruit, hire, train and retain a full time position.