Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Customer Communication #3: California Statewide Executive Order N-33-20
March 20, 2020

Dear Customer,

As you have likely heard or read by now, late yesterday evening California Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 which orders “all individuals living in the State of California to stay in their homes or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.....”. Included in the critical infrastructure sectors are grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores . . . and importantly “businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate”.

In a link attached to the Governor’s Order is an explicit description of the kinds of companies exempt from this Order which includes “food manufacturing employees and their supplier employees”. Thus, it is very clear that Nellson employees are exempt from this Order. Furthermore, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) states that as part of the critical infrastructure sector we have a “special responsibility to maintain our normal work schedule”. We will do everything we can to fulfill this responsibility. We will continue to operate normally until further notice to produce and distribute products important in serving the nutritional needs of the population.

We will of course continue to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families during this challenging time. These measures include constant reminders to adhere to strict sanitation and personal hygiene standards (Wash Your Hands!) as well as “Social Distancing” in which we prohibit large group activity in our facilities, severely restrict visitors, and maintain adequate distances from each other in offices, on the plant floor, and in high density areas such as the locker rooms and break rooms.

Nellson’s Executive Leadership Team will continue to update everyone as appropriate given the rapidly evolving situation.


Jamie Better

Chief Executive Officer