Thistle boosts baseline hourly wage as part of local hiring push

July 30 2021

The Reporter

PUBLISHED: July 29, 2021 at 4:41 p.m. | UPDATED: July 29, 2021 at 4:42 p.m.

Thistle, a Vacaville-based modern organic food and nutrition company founded in 2014, announced that the companywide baseline hourly wage will increase to $20.

This announcement was accompanied with several job openings in the continuation of a company hiring push that began in March, according to a news release by Solano Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Founders Ashwin Cheriyan and Shiri Avnery moved Thistle’s primary ready-to-eat meal production and packaging facility to Vacaville in 2019 and have continued to expand their business in Solano County. During the pandemic, Thistle experienced growing demand as consumers have heavily depended on delivered meal kits as a healthy alternative, per Solano EDC.

The company’s mission is to ensure consumer access to healthy, energy boosting foods, while incorporating technology to streamline food production systems. Thistle develops and delivers nutritious plant-forward meals, juices and snacks to the doorsteps of customers in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.

“Solano companies are reacting to a skilled labor pool by offering more livable and competitive wages. Further investment in our community by businesses makes Solano an attractive place for people to work and live,” Bob Burris, president and CEO of Solano EDC, said in a statement.

Thistle aims to harmonize business and environment, working towards net zero carbon emissions, recyclable packaging and having halved their food waste in the past year.

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