Our Story

About US

The first of our companies, Skyview Cooling Co. was founded by John B. Smith in 1970 after he purchased Sky Valley Ice & Refrigeration in Alamosa, CO and Las Cruces, NM.

The company expanded operations to Arizona in 1975 with seasonal plants in Willcox, Marana, Eloy, and Scottsdale. That same year it began its future in Yuma, recognizing the great opportunities in the vegetable industry.

Vic Smith, John's son, joined the company full time in 1975 after his studies at the University of Colorado, focusing on economics and business law. Vic became president in 1991 concentrating on new technologies to enhance quality delivery of fresh products to the marketplace.

Following Skyview Cooling, John and Vic continued to grow their interest in the agriculture industry and formed the following companies:

  • Southern Colorado Farms; Center, Colorado 1977
  • JV Farms; Yuma, AZ and Bard, CA 1988
  • Skyline Potato Company; Center, Colorado 1991
  • El Toro Agricola; Ciudad Morelos, Mexico 1992
  • Fresh Innovations, Yuma, AZ 2001
  • JV Farms Organic;, Soledad, CA 2012
  • Triangle Farms; Salinas, CA 2018

Today, the JV Smith Companies family includes thousands of people across California, Arizona, Colorado and Mexico. Following in the footsteps of their father, Vic’s son, Kyle Smith and daughter, Kristen Eshaya have also joined the leadership team. The JV Smith Companies team is committed to staying one step ahead of the industry by using innovative techniques, being diligent in our research and working cohesively as a team to ensure the safest, freshest, and most nutritious quality product possible.

Our Story
Our Story

Food Safety and Innovation

JV Smith Companies is dedicated to to food safety. In fact, it is an integral part of our company culture. Our first priority is to provide safe produce to our customers. Vic Smith, owner of JV Smith Companies has a direct communication line with the food safety team.

  • Good Agricultural Practices
  • Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Global Food Safety Certified
  • Global Gap Certified
  • SQF Certified
  • LGMA Compliant
  • Food security (CT-PAT) Compliant
  • JV Smith Companies Sustainability Program
  • HAACCP Compliant
  • Internal and third party audits
  • Economic Viability
  • Ecosystems & Biodiversity
  • Energy Management
  • Social Accountability