Joseph F. Dutra began his career as a farmer in Sacramento, California. In 1987, Joe changed gears and launched Westec Incorporated, an agricultural consulting and seed business that aided South American farmers with both the raising and managing of their crops. Today, Westec concentrates primarily on selling non-GMO and hybrid crop seed to countries across the Middle East. In fact, Westec has grown to become the leading seller of non-GMO corn seed in Saudi Arabia, with approximately 60% of the market share!
In 2000, Joe moved in a different direction—Kimmie Candy. Kimmie makes panned, chocolate confections, including the nationally branded original Sunbursts®, and ChocoRocks®. Initially, Joe manufactured all of his confections in Korea. However, in 2008, with expansion in mind, and a keen desire to create local, U.S. jobs, Joe did the opposite of most American companies these days—he brought his entire operation “on-shore” to Reno, Nevada, creating a state-of- the art, candy production facility in the process. By 2009, Joe’s candy company had a customer-base stretching domestically from coast-to- coast, and exports to more than 13 countries. In May 2016, Joe’s candy company received the Presidential E-Award for excellence in exporting.
In July 2017 Kimmie Candy was honored to represent the state of Nevada at the first
Made in America Expo at the White House.
Joe Dutra is proud to be part of the Northern Nevada community, contributing to help it thrive wherever he can!
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