Our Heritage

From roots up
Sunsweet is an agricultural cooperative

Sunsweet Prunes

History

 

1850

Louis Pellier

imports Agen prunes from France to California

1917

Sunsweet was founded

as the California Prune and Apricot Growers Association, handling 43% of the state crop in the first year

1932

Prune juice

is introduced for the first time with a retail price of USD 0.29 a quart (just under a litre)

1934

FIRST CO-OPERATIVE

dryer formed in Napa, Northern California

1953

Introduction

of ready to serve prunes in glass jars

1958

california prune & apricot growers Association

changes its name to Sunsweet Growers Inc.

1965

Sunsweet introduces

the world's first Sunsweet pitted prune

1966

Sunsweet pitting patent

is awarded as Sunsweet pioneers an improved proprietary pitting process - consumers enjoy pit free prunes.

1967

Sunsweet celebrates

50th anniversary 1917 – 1967

1975

Sunsweet launches

new facilities at a 19 acre plant in Yuba City, California

1994 - 1995

prune plant 

extended to 1.2million square feet

1998

Orange, Cherry & Lemon

flavoured prunes, are launched to give more choice to our consumers

2001

Recognising the need

for a convenience pack, we introduced the 1st Pitted Prune Snack Pack

2002

PlumSmart fresh plum juice

was developed as an alternative flavour but with similar functionality to our already successful prune juice

2004

The delicious ‘PlumSweets’

were introduced, offering a guilt free treat of diced prunes generously coated with premium dark chocolate

2005

Sunsweet Growers Expands

To ensure supply from the best areas in the world Sunsweet expands into Chile

2005

Sunsweet review AnD improve

the prune drying methodology to ensure the maximum fruit flavour is maintained, giving you the freshest tasting prune available

2006

Listening to our consumers

Individually wrapped prunes are launched and the Sunweet ONEs are born - the perfect answer to ‘on the go’ snacking and avoiding sticky fingers

2009

Innovative moisture-testing

is employed to ensure even moredelicious tasting, moist and juicy prunes.

2010

Launch of the first sunsweet preservative-free prune

D’Noir - the softest, juiciest, most delectable prune available!

2010

The Sunsweet Smart-Pitter System

is installed - striving to be the only 100% pit-free prunes in the world!

2012

Tired of trying to chop sticky prunes

to add to your baking, porridge or yogurt? We’ll do it for you with the introduction of Plum Amaz!ns, diced prunes

2010

The European Commission

approves the EU Health claims for prunes and normal digestive health with a daily intake of 100g. Prunes are the only natural, whole and dried fruit to achieve an authorised health claim in the EU.

2017

 

Sunsweet celebrates

its founding day and 100 years of providing the world with delicious, quality, Sunsweet prunes!

TODAY

Sunsweet is the world’s most exciting prune supplier, providing a third of the global market and satisfying happy consumers across the world!