In the 1960s, the Schmiedings started a relationship with the Woerner family, who owned and managed a produce farming operation in Alabama. Familiar with the Schmieding reputation for quality, Lester Woerner and his son, Trent Woerner, purchased the Schmieding Produce Company in 2015. This acquisition – in addition to a packing plant and a 1,800-acre farm, both located in the San Luis Valley in Colorado –gives today’s Schmieding Produce the vertical integration needed to meet the needs of produce retailers and food manufacturers across the country.