Family History

The history of the Colace family’s involvement in agriculture dates back to the 19th century.  Joseph Colace Sr. began as a grape and olive grower in Naples, Italy.  Around the turn of the century, Joseph made the decision to move his family, which consisted of his wife Carmella and his three boys Vince, Tony and Joseph Jr. to Philadelphia to start a wholesale and retail business.  In 1952 after serving in WWII, Vince, Tony and Joseph Jr. decided to move west to El Centro, CA in pursuit of an opportunity to return to their farming roots.  Shortly after arriving in El Centro the boys opened the doors of Colace Brothers, a packing and shipping company that focused primarily on head lettuce and cantaloups.  While in El Centro, Joseph Jr. or “Pop Pop” as most people knew him, fell in love with and eventually married Alice Dessert, daughter of Raymond B. and Jennie Dessert of the Dessert Seed Company.  Between the years of 1953 and 1964 Joseph Jr. and Alice had 5 children, ToniAnn, Joseph III, Marla, Bill and Kathy.  In 1985 Vince, Tony and Joseph Jr. made the difficult decision to close the doors of Colace Brothers.  Shortly thereafter Joseph III and his brother Bill started their own packing and shipping operation called Five Crowns Marketing.  In 1987 the brothers added Crown Farming to the operation and began growing a wide variety of product throughout the southwest.  Over the past 25 years the Colace brothers have grown head and romaine lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, sweetcorn, cantaloupes, honeydews and varietal melons.  In 2007 Joe and Bill added Crown Citrus to the family of companies and in 2010 formed a partnership with Prima Bella, presently known as Glori Ann Farms, which packs the Glori Ann label.  Currently there are 6 family members represented within Five Crowns Marketing’s family of companies.  Joe is represented by his son Tyler, who works in sales and his son-in-law Kelly, who is the V.P. of Operations.  Bill is represented by his oldest son Bill Jr., who oversees the Food Safety Program at Crown Cooling and his youngest son Daniel, who also works in sales.  Five Crowns Marketing is a company that was built on a strong foundation of faith, integrity and stewardship.  The Colace’s are proud to be a 4th generation farming family and they plan to continue their deep rooted history and tradition in agriculture for generations to come.