65 We continued to invest millions in our harvest and cooking plants, increasing efficiencies, improving product quality, strengthening food safety, and creating a safer and more productive workplace. Investing in Customer Service & Quality Products Responsibly Contributing to Our Business Partners As a family-owned, privately held company, we make business decisions that effectively balance our long-term strategies with short-term requirements while staying true to what we believe in. That way, we can make sure our actions bring us closer to our goals. We have a core code of conduct and ethical practices, which we share with all associates and recommunicate to managers annually. We also know that our ability to contribute positively to others depends on the resources we generate through our business. Our value of stewardship includes the responsibility to generate profitable growth to support the strategic plans of our company, sustaining us into the future. We understand that our success goes hand in hand with our ability to help our business partners — including our customers, farm partners and vendors — be successful. This is founded in our core values of integrity and teamwork, and it extends into our strategic growth plans. PEOPLE & PARTNERS: OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS & COMPANY