Sunsweet Growers Inc. was founded in 1917 as the California Prune and Apricot Growers Association. The cooperative of growers marketed fruit to consumers under the name Sunsweet, offering better prices than those of individual packers.
Sunsweet’s growers have created one of the world’s most successful agricultural cooperatives by sharing information about the newest and most effective methods of planting, cultivation, integrated pest control, and harvesting. They literally control the quality from the ground up.
The growers also reinvest in every stage of post-harvest handling. With separate patents for advanced methods of initial drying, pitting, pit detection, final processing, and packaging, Sunsweet is an industry leader in technical innovation.
With their commitment to unparalleled product quality, Sunsweet growers have built a company that is uniquely qualified to supply pure ingredients for the food production industry. Sunsweet ingredients address the increasing demand for tasty and nutritious food products that promote active and healthy lifestyles.
Today, Sunsweet is the world’s largest producer of prunes (dried plums). It processes and markets dried fruit from more than 300 grower-members who have orchards in California’s Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley.
Sunsweet’s Yuba City California headquarters is home to the world’s largest dried fruit processing plant. Each day, an average of 40,000 cases of Sunsweet products are sealed and marked for worldwide distribution. The quality standards at the facility are the highest in the industry.
After nearly a century of providing the highest-quality products, Sunsweet boasts brand recognition of 85 percent in American households, placing it in the very top rank of long-standing successful American products.
Sunsweet consumer products can be purchased in most food stores throughout the world, and its ingredient products are found in many popular bakery, dairy, and confectionery goods.