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Farmer Brothers leaving the state, in bitter blow to family of workers
Farmer Brothers leaving the state, in bitter blow to family of workers

Farmer Brothers, the iconic coffee company based on the border of Torrance and Los Angeles, likes to market a sweet story about how it came to be. In 1912, Roy E. Farmer thought restaurants should be serving a better cup of coffee, so he started a bean delivery business in the back of his brother's bicycle shop. And from those humble beginnings, the business became a national success, with Farmer later handing the reins to his son. It's a nice narrative, but the company whose five stated principles include "treat our employees as a Farmer Brothers Family," informed 350 of them last week that they are about to get the ax. This is yet another blow to middle-class...

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