Central Valley carrot baron dies
March 20, 2006
• Bob Grimm dies of heart attack
• Had run giant Grimmway Farms
Bob Grimm, chief executive officer and president of Kern County’s Grimmway Farms, the largest producer of carrots in the world, died Friday of an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Grimm, 54, had been treated for a heart condition.
His death comes just two weeks after his father had died.
Bob Grimm’s nephew, Jeff Meger, 38, will take over as company president.
Mr. Grimm and his brother Rodney co-founded the company, known formally as Grimmway Enterprises Inc. in 1971 and built it into an industry leader, grossing about $450 million in its last fiscal year.
The privately held company employs more than 6,000 employees and contractors and in addition to carrots, produces organic vegetables, vegetable juice and potatoes.
Rodney Grimm died of cancer in 1998.
Mr. Grimm is survived by his wife, Kari, and his children, Brandon, 24; Kelli, 21; Brett, 16; Chase, 13; and David, 10. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bakersfield. Greenlawn Mortuary on River Boulevard in Bakersfield is handling arrangements.